Exhibition catalog for the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery
at the University of Denver
Essays by Kent Logan and Shannen Hill
“[My paintings] are not about race, they are about perceptions.”
“[A]ll of my work has been invested in the notion of theorizing and visualizing whiteness in some way because its construction is so linked to the ways that we perceive blackness. [My work is misread by] critics who think that these issues are discrete and separable.”
From Shannen Hill’s essay:
Spanning more than five decades and two generations, Robert Colescott and Glenn Ligon have created deeply affecting works that encourage us to explore how history resides within, how ideas about difference have long-enabled our perceptions of self and other. These artists underscore the need to confront caricature and stereotype in the American psyche, to understand the webs of identity that inform who we are and how we come to see, and presumably know, each other. Though their methods and styles are dissimilar, Colescott and Ligon engage common visual tactics: both are invested in distortion, disruption, repetition, and appropriation of inherited representations. These tactics enable us to interpret the rich nature of ‘race,’ gender, sexuality, culture, and nation—constantly interwoven—and reject simplistic binary constructs that are so popularly assumed.
6 x 9 inches