Improvisations

Executed 2013

In art historyformalism is the study of art by analyzing and comparing form and style—the way objects are made through their purely visual aspects. In painting, formalism emphasizes compositional elements such as color, line, shape and texture rather than iconography or the historical and social context. Yet in my work I push those two contradictions together to form a single aesthetic. By aggressively attacking ideas that reflect social assumptions, that to accept art created by an artist of color, it must hold a specific condition. Rather than just being really good fundamental art. Without necessarily having an avant-garde or afrocentric nature to be acceptable to the art elite. At its extreme, formalism in art history posits that everything necessary to comprehending a work of art is contained within the work of art. My work is simply a reflection of what I do not understand.


 

Raw Marks  figurative series

 

Line • Shape • Color • Composition