The Bossier Arts Council will be featuring the artworks of local artist Drék Davis in the East Bank Artist Gallery. This exhibition will be on display beginning August 1, 2018, hanging until September 29, 2018.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bossier Arts Council located at 630 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City. This event is free and open to the public.
A native of Monroe, Georgia, Drék Davis is a 2006 graduate of the University of Georgia Fine Arts program - with an emphasis in drawing and painting. Primarily a mixed-media artist, Drék is also a former columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald and Code Z Online: Black Visual Culture Now, a Cancer, a saxophonist, audiophile, Hip-Hop head, and lover of all things caffeinated. His work has been featured in the Politics Issue of Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, ColorLines, and over sixty exhibitions. Davis has presented papers at several academic conferences, including the HUIC Conference (Hawaii University International Conferences) Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences , for which he discussed manifestations of Hip-Hop culture in the visual arts. Mr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Art at Grambling State University, in Grambling, Louisiana.
Stylistically, the works created for this exhibition continue the visual exploration of recurring imagery found in Davis' Idle Warship and Charmed bodies of work. However, ideologically, this work is informed by the past.
In the 1970 manifesto for Chicago art collective AfriCOBRA's inaugural exhibition, Ten In Search of A Nation, the late Jeff Donaldson wrote,
" (z) color color Color color that shines, color that is free of rules and regulations. Color that shines. Color that is expressively awesome. Color that defines, identifies and directs. Superreal color for Superreal images. The superreality that is our every day all day thang."
With that in mind, he decided to interpret the idea of 'color' both literally and figuratively. Color as a religious or spiritual attribute, color as an identifier of ethnicity or nationality, color as a mechanism for framing any of the aforementioned. Color that highlights both the real and imagined world that we live in. The dark and the light. The sacred and the secular. Fact and fiction. The duality and dichotomy that is Americanness.
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