EW’s art represents an amalgamation of Expressionism and Urban Folk Art dealing with contemporary issues along with personal statements and observations.
Heart and Tongue is titled after an Arabic story: Luqman the Wise was told to bring the best part of the sheep. He brought back the heart and tongue. The next day he was told to bring back the worst part of the sheep. Once again he returned with the heart and tongue. He was asked why did you bring the same thing for the good and the worst part? He stated, “The tongue and the heart are the sweetest parts if they are good, and nothing can be worse than these if they are wicked.”
EW’s art attracts the viewer in with playful images that, on closer inspection, express a thoughtful critique of the current political climate. Utilizing the style of Folk Artists, such as working on found substrates with latex house paint, and also incorporating found objects as collage elements, the work has a strong Expressionistic aesthetic, but is still very American.
The pieces on display are political, social, humorous, subversive, and subliminal views of the sweetest and wickedest aspects of our society. The paintings, collages, and installations span 7 years. The art was created in Milwaukee, San Diego, Atlanta, Birmingham and Los Angeles. EW feels that living in Los Angeles (Leimert Park) was like going to the School of Hard Knocks as an artist. The main lessons taught were to be himself, and understand that art and opportunities are subjective. The highlight of EW’s California experience was having his video shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA) before a Norman Lear talk.
A closing reception will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27th from 1PM to 4PM.
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