↳ Their Nightly Ritual by linzackles
                                                                                                                                             “It isn’t necessarily that you’re able to recognize the good in people, Caroline. It’s that you simply don’t allow anyone the choice but to exhibit their goodness when they’re in your presence.” He paused, thinking of her smile. “Your light reveals the good in others even if they’d thought that side of themselves long since buried. What you see in others is, very simply, your own reflection.”


I hit up the Titus Kaphar showing of  “Asphalt and Chalk’ at Jack Sheiman Gallery with the homie elliottbrownjr. He took all of these awesome photos of some of the pieces. Writing a piece on the works and the experience. If it doesn’t get published, I’ll post it on here.

Here’s an excerpt from my draft:

The Unfit Description collection features pieces penciled faces etched on white parchment. Each face is overlapping the next. One feature, be it beard or lazy eye, that is distinguishable is drawn on a separate sheet, overlapping the others. Each work seems representative of how police forces wrongfully and fatally profile black men.
The Jerome Project is similar to Unfit Description. The layered illustrations are presented, this time in chalk. The faces are drawn similar, but not the same. Each piece seems to feature men of different age groups, some younger, others older. One of the faces in the younger portrait is noticably Mike Brown (youth killed unlawfully by police in Ferguson , Missouri). The portrayal of Mike Brown and the use chalk implies the idea that all of the men depicted may have been killed by police. The eyes on each piece are haunting in that they don’t perfectly line up, but all share a single glare.
While the works have similar approaches, they tell seperate stories and deliver different messages. Unfit Description tells the viewer” it can be anybody” while The Jerome Project  tells the viewer “it is everyone”.