While this city still has a long way to go to when it comes to equity and representation of diversity within the local art scene, 2018 showed strides in that direction.
The showcase of works by visual artist Joseph Pearson and young writers of color takes place May 25 at the YMI Cultural Center.
Dialogue is the hope for the opening reception, when seven artists — Deanna Chilian, Chuck Hunner, Julie Miles, Roger Munch, Leslie Rowland, Molly Sawyer and exhibition curator Joseph Pearson — will come together to speak about their work and its connection to nature.
Art, says Joseph Pearson, helps facilitate conversation, which can lead to a better understanding among groups and individuals. The challenge, he notes, is getting people to address and discuss the issues in the first place.
The figure-scapes portion of the series explores themes of decay, metamorphosis and rebirth. A female subject is present in each painting. “Throughout Western art, the female figure has been used … to represent certain ideas and philosophies — liberty, justice,” says Pearson.