Beeler Gallery presents Aaron Fowler: Tough Love, a collection of seven large-scale assemblage pieces by the New York-based artist, June 13 — Sept. 10, 2016.
In one of the most impactful moments in the exhibition, the young painter and assemblage artist — a St. Louis native — has composed a striking dual portrait of Ferguson shooting victim Michael Brown and his mother. The work is an altar-like, room-sized installation that uses paint, hair extensions, rope, found plywood and the eulogy that Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, wrote for her son.
Another work in the exhibition titled Family was recently featured in the group show A Constellation at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Family is an assemblage that uses various materials: Frosted Flakes, cotton balls, salt, wood, a player piano, acrylic, oil, blue jeans, leather, a bamboo earring, a red rag, a fan, CDs and Easter grass. It depicts the artist leading his family to the promised land but also refers to the ruptures of the black family under slavery, recently addressed by Ta-Nehisi Coates in an essay in The Atlantic called “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”
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