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)
Claudia Cohen Hall
Perhaps I should explain…
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
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.