“Black Notes” is a multimedia exploration of one artist’s life lessons, reflections, and observations configured in the midst and aftermath of protest and racial trauma. The body of work includes a wall of typographic artworks and visualized memories conveyed onto hundreds of black Post-it sticky notes. Stemming from a larger body of work, Sticky Note to Self, these notes represent the most complex and serious creations from the series, reflecting moments and changes within the American political landscape, intersectional ploys for human and civil rights, as well as concerns of gender, sexuality, economic, and racial equity. These notes are paired with a video projection that interweaves footage from moments of protests in Ferguson, MO, with a monologue series of memoirs about blackness and racial challenge. As a collection, “Black Notes” provides a literal visualization of lessons and notes portrayed on black surfaces while probing a larger inquiry into the intersections of race, justice, and the preservation of collective memories.
“Black Notes” is part of the Taking it to the Streets exhibition featuring work by artists who address themes of identity, social-justice, place, environment and family through artistic practice. This timely exhibit focuses largely on contemporary urban experiences of deep interest to the communities of North St. Louis County, North St. Louis City and all of Metro St. Louis. Curated by Freida Wheaton, Mel Watkin and Roseann Weiss, Taking it to the Streets features regional artists including Howard Barry, Cbabi Bayoc, Damon Davis, Attilio D’ Agostino, Christine Ilewski, Louis Ingrum, Basil Kincaid, De Andrea Nichols, Chris Phillips, Solomon Thurman, Annetta Vickers-Bentil, and Denise Ward-Brown.
Taking It to the Streets opens January 28–May 6, starting with a 4PM panel discussion moderated by De Nichols. This program is free and open to the public.