ARNIKA DAWKINS GALLERY
#INHONOR: MONOLITHS11 OCT 2019 - 7 FEB 2020
Arnika Dawkins Gallery presents native Chicagoan artist Ervin A. Johnson. A graduate of the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, Columbia College Chicago, Ervin completed a recent MFA in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Ervin A. Johnson states:
"Technique has evolved since the birth of #InHonor in 2015. The process is still informed by the abstract expressionist movement, in that paint is introduced to the photographic material in a metaphoric way as a stand-in for physical and mental abuse done to black bodies. However, the focus is not on the destructive nature of racism as a physical manifestation in the work. That is to say, “destruction” occurs more subtly as the work has evolved. Removing pigment and adding back from the photo on the first layer, in a not so accurate way becomes a commentary on the mishandling of the black body and also how because “Blackness” is often times viewed as monolithic. Colors used in the second layer aren’t specific to each individual. By adding the pigment back by hand I care for my brothers and sisters and forge for them a new existence, which is typical of the black experience, making something out of nothing."
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Ervin A. Johnson
Native Chicagoan Ervin A. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, Columbia College Chicago and is a recent MFA in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design.
"Blackness is often seen as monolithic, forcing the experiences of many through a bottleneck of racism and systematic oppression until the individual becomes the whole. #InHonor:Monoliths is a literal take on that notion. Portraits are digitally...