Terry manipulates objects with an ironical twist and Nguyen paints stories with an academic approach. Both of these artists come from an informed point of view, studying history and cultures and examining the suppression or domination of marginalized communities and people of color. Before and after the discussion, Terry will stamp guests $1 and $20 bills with a custom-made imprint, SLAVE OWNER with the hope that guests use these dollars and the day’s discussion and inquiry will continue beyond the gallery walls.
This year’s edition of Harlem Perspectiveswill present works by a selection of artists who deconstruct history through their process of art making. With their hands, a brush, or through a lens, the artists investigate, manipulate and work materials and objects that are charged with a personal and/or political narrative. While teasing, tearing and appropriating materials, the artists examine the cultural values and historical significance placed on the objects or subjects in their work. The resulting works define a new narrative revealing how the artists may find reconciliation or antipathy through the process and prompting the viewer to question preconceived notions and beliefs.