Sunday, February 14, 2021
Friday, October 2, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Indeed, 2020 is proving to be a unique year. This summer has shown itself to be unique as well. Since the pandemic began last spring, people are quarantined, families are isolated and going to a beach or to a barbeque seems like a dream from a bygone era. Instead this summer is one full of marches, protests, gatherings of people, with voices raised in frustration, unified to find justice and overdue recognition. In a few short months of pandemic shutdown, people have come together and have voiced their concerns over health, equality of the races, police brutality, etc., etc. These are not new themes, but ones carried over half a century - really, much longer than that.
There are too many statistics of people (mainly of color) having been brutally murdered, beaten, wrongly shot. It needs to stop. It needs to stop. It needs to stop. Period.
I have selected several images detailing protest from the web. Many thanks to everyone included here, but there are so many images to choose from. A sad state of our time where so much pain needs to be addressed. These images cover a number of issues, but the common element is one of protest.
John Lewis, the great Civil rights era leader from Georgia who recently lost his battle with cancer was memorialized this week. I came across one of his quotes which I think bears repeating...“Go out there, Speak up, speak out! Get in the way, get in good trouble! Necessary trouble! And help redeem the soul of America.” Go forth, my inked up friends, and speak the truth as only we can - through great works.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Greetings to everyone this holiday weekend. In the present circumstances this day takes on a significance as we remember those who lost their lives in service of their country, but also the global loss of life due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Be safe, and stay well.
Friday, April 10, 2020
Friday, January 3, 2020
The prints of Aaron Coleman give rise to the old claim that art can change the world. Indeed, the work of Aaron Coleman brings together different factions of philosophy, religion and hip hop culture to make very strong messages about the artist's feelings on society today. They are so strong in fact that they proclaim a day of reckoning is upon us.
This work is bold, colorful and poignantly creates messages that hit the viewer like a lightning bolt. Here is an artist who is fearless, who deftly blends together images of saints, silhouette beating of Rodney King, graffiti and much more. Coleman is using all imagery at his disposal to create striking and effective work that reflects our fears and hopes. He mashes it all together and through the chaos we will hopefully find redemption and be saved. Let us all revel in his glory, for this is an artist worth watching.
Coleman is a mixed media artist/printmaker whose works focus on political and social issues. He combines imagery from comic books and stained-glass windows to raise questions concerning misconstrued belief systems and twisted moral values in our society. Coleman’s background in hip-hop culture and street art is also a major influence in his work.
Born January, 1985, in Washington D.C.
MFA, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL
BFA, Herron School of Art and Design
Assistant Professor of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Also taught at California State University, in Fresno and Northern Illinois University, in Dekalb.
Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan
The University of Colorado, CO
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Yekaterinburg Museum of Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia
and many other public and private collections.