Upcoming Exhibitionfrom May 13th until June 24th, 2017
The Prophet’s LibraryNew Work by Wesley Clark
May 13th - June 24th
Opening Reception: June 3rd, 6 to 9 pm
Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present The Prophet's Library, a solo show of work by Wesley Clark. It marks his exciting return to the gallery since he was first introduced in 2015 as a participant in Topography, a groundbreaking group show curated by Fisk University's Jamaal B. Sheats.
Wesley Clark's work focuses on the issues faced by African-Americans and the African diaspora. He explores race, politics, and history using various tactile materials. Clark describes The Prophet's Library as "a narratively driven collection of artifacts." His previous showing at Tinney Contemporary offered pieces made mostly from wood, but this new work experiments with resin sculpture, mixed media printmaking, and painting.
Each piece is heavily manipulated to appear as though it were a timeworn object, found and appropriated as art. As a true storyteller, Clark uses both subtle and overt symbolism to relay his message. He intends for his use of "real unicorn horns, large anatomical hearts, and unearthed sarcophagi" among other things, to galvanize the viewer to develop their own narrative. Like the materials comprising each work, the conversation they encourage is densely layered.
These works are deeply inspired by the writings of Ta-Nehisi Coates, the research of Dr. Joy Degruy, and civil rights advocate and author Michelle Alexander. Combining contemporary and historical social issues, they serve as a reminder of the past and an awakening to the present. Clark says The Prophet's Library exists "as a barometer for black America with the purpose of keeping certain thoughts, ideas, and goals in mind." The show at once alludes to history and makes predictions for the future.
Wesley Clark has exhibited works at institutions such as the Katzen Arts Center at American University, in Washington DC, Columbia College's Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and Prizm Art Fair in Miami, Florida during Miami Art Week. His works can be found in collections here in the US such as noted art collector, Peggy Cooper Cafritz. He is part of the artist collective, Delusions of Grandeur, a group of emerging artists focused on providing critique and commentary on social infrastructures within American society, while contributing to the prominence of the collective black voice and presence within contemporary art. Clark received his BFA from Syracuse University in 2001, and his MFA from The George Washington University in 2012. Today he lives and works in Hyattsville, Maryland.