Olivia, one of our EAC Interns, writes about her first day at the Evanston Art Center, and her favorite artwork on display in the gallery:
During my first days at the Evanston Art Center, Ben Blount’s 2019 oil on canvas, Antiracism 1, stood out to me in the gallery space for its political message. Blount explores questions of race through the layering of letters of increasing opacity over each other, disconnected “R”, and jumbled words. From a distance, I couldn’t tell that the letters that appear to be a small “D” and “n” were in fact parts of a disconnected “R.” The black letters of different opacities on the white background are also vaguely reminiscent of a newspaper or political poster, however, within the context of the title, Antiracism 1, it becomes evident that this is both a denunciation of racism past and present, and a call for a liberated future for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
Learn more about the Evanston Made Group Show HERE.