Resurgence: Works from the Collection
February 22 – March 12, 2014
Opening Reception Feb 22nd 6:30- 9pm
Yeelen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of large format works by Tim Okamura, Jerome Soimaud, and T. Eliott Mansa.
The subject of Figuration is approached as an enduring subject and a social vehicle for the evolution of human consciousness. The exhibition highlights the resurgence of Black Figuration in contemporary art practice. The portrayal of the Black figure has always been a subject of debate; who is allowed to depict it, in what form must it take, and how prolific should its impact be.
Resurgence places Blackness at the forefront, the strength of the subjects speaks to the core of the human spirit. The endurance and drive to be recognized among the mainstream, no longer only a jewel of an underground movement- Blackness has stepped out of the shadows and into the forefront of contemporary art dialogue.
The artists exhibiting are storytellers, messengers of their subjects’ histoires.
The large scale works of oils, and mixed media are deeply rooted in figuration, realistic, yet impregnated with symbolism that speaks to our collective psychology.