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In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
2400 W. Bradley Ave.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Curated by UIUC Associate Professor & Chair of Studio Arts Patrick Earl Hammie, "In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light" features seven nationally recognized artists, including Hammie.
The exhibition will show drawings in various media and include works on paper, installation, video, and mixed media.
Included in the exhibition are artists and faculty across the U.S., including Kumasi J. Barnett, residing in Baltimore, MD; William Downs, residing in Atlanta, GA; Kenyatta Forbes, residing in Chicago, IL; Patrick Earl Hammie, residing in Champaign, IL; Robert Pruitt, residing in New York, NY; Stacey Robinson, residing in Champaign, IL; and Charles Edward Williams, residing in Georgetown, SC.
On curating the show, Hammie explains, "This exhibition centers around drawing as a technology from which artists speculate, recover and collect communal histories, manifesting stories of desired futures from the margins of imagination into the realities of the everyday. Drawing serves as an instant gateway for dreaming, recording, and sharing ideas. It moved from a mainly private practice to a form that asks questions as equally bold as other media. The show's title takes inspiration from DC's Green Lantern Corps' oath, 'In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power, Green Lantern's light,' from which members of the fictional space guardians access magical strength and gather the will to challenge adversaries using their imagination."