"As a black artist, the expectation of what you should be doing is always programmed for you regardless. There is a tendency to try to cubbyhole you that exists across the board in the art world… I’ve always done exactly what I wanted to do, regardless of what was out there. I just stuck to that principle and I’m a much happier person as a result. And I can’t imagine trying to satisfy any particular audience”
gelatin silver print, vinyl lettering
"…I’m making work that may be addressing black figures or themes, but as far as I am concerned that is universal, because in the end we are all humans.”
Western Union: Small Boats
"…Postblack is both a hollow social construction and a reality with an indispensable history." - Thelma Golden
Who is the joke and who is the Joker
"Salvaging such defiant beauty from scraps of resilient black, rubber provide a compelling metaphor of African American survival in the modern world."
Matthew Guy Nichols, in an Art in America article on
rubber, tires, wood
"Young artists have no sense of history….It’s as if what preceded them is of no value or never really happened…Young artists in particular don’t want to acknowledge antecedents. I’m not really interested in recuperating history and I’m certainly not interested in romantic nostalgia for the past, but I’m very aware of the history of art that preceded me. Every artist works through history.”
“I have always wanted my art to service my people — to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential. We have to create an art for liberation and for life.”
"Unless you are gushingly positive or make them heroic, images of black people in paintings may be suspect. But I’m very proud of the fact that more people get what I’m after than I expect. Oddly enough, more white people than black people accuse me of being a racist."
Saturday Night Special (I Seen It on T.V.)
acrylic on canvas
"I’m dealing with what goes into making an African-American myth, but slavery still exists. The jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk calls it volunteer slavery. We elect to become servants to a certain system or company or product. We don’t open ourselves to the total choices of freedom. We look at a limited palette and choose from that."
Anne Klein with a Baby in Transit
shoes, wire, washers, screws
"I’m black. Now, let’s deal with the social fact and the fact of my stating it together."
My Calling Card (No.2)
ink and cardstock