Artwork on Display, Open Invitation

The show is open now through Nov 31st in the Fox Art Gallery at Claudia Cohen Hall on Penn’s campus. (249 S. 36th St)

I missed the opening too, but there is still time to go.Its free.

 Claudia Cohen Hall

Go inside this building

Hey, that's my name!

 

Perhaps I should explain…

My experiences

 

These are actually two of the first paintings I ever did outside of high school.I spent all of 1995 and 1996 in Atlanta Georgia as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I left twenty days after my 19th birthday.For two years I did not watch TV, listen to the radio, or date… crazy right?What I did for those two years was walk around and talk to people. We talked to everyone. It’s pretty much all we did. Sometimes we would volunteer at a hospital, or the YWCA, or other community organizations, but mostly we talked. We talked about religion. Religion is personal stuff, one of those things you don’t bring up in polite company. I brought it up with everybody.

Before leaving home I think I knew four black people: Clint, Royce, Karl Malone and Snoop Dog. I only actually met two of them, they were Okay. Loved Karl, thought Snoop was bad (as in not good).Then one day I moved into an apartment on a road called Bankhead Highway in Atlanta’s west side. White people did not go to Bankhead. Black people who had a choice, did not go to Bankhead, cops told me I was stupid for living on Bankhead. One year Freaknik came to Bankhead but that’s another story

Thats me in the painting... I don't know the guy looking at it.

These paintings illustrate the beginning of my education. They show a little bit of what I was doing for what would normally be my sophomore and junior years of college.

I’m still learning and you are invited to join me.

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3 responses to “Artwork on Display, Open Invitation

  1. Lindsey

    I’m there! When does it tour through Montana?

  2. Which Elder are you?
    The one with the nice jump shot or the one standing in the background/
    And why do you both seem so ‘scurred’ to be in the hood in the second picture?

  3. You call it background, I call it setting a pick in the key. I’m kind of a “role player”.
    You calling the second picture the church scene or the hood scene? Either way, its all a process. I’m now comfortable in a shout and jump style worship service, but I’m still not comfortable shouting and jumping in any worship service. Make sense?
    In the hood who was scurred? Me or the folks who asked if I was the police every day?

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