In the Future When.....
Welancora Gallery is pleased to present In the Future When...., works by Damien Davis, Delano Dunn, and Tiffany Smith from September 22 through November 18, 2018. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 6 to 9 pm.
Organized by Daricia Mia DeMarr, the exhibition explores three distinctive views of the future presented in stark contrast to what might be expected given America's past and its present. Within this framework, the assemblages and installation on view examine notions of identity, representation and the intricacies of the African American experience.
Damien Davis' assemblages of plexiglass and mirrors blend references from Afrofuturism 2.0, and nine episodes from Star Trek Deep Space 9, which were starred in and directed by Avery Brooks, the first black captain in the Star Trek franchise, to explore notions of social science, metaphysics and cultural analytics as a means of promoting the contributions of black men.
Through a combination of archival images, cellophane, glitter, vinyl and gold leaf on paper and board, Delano Dunn's work engages the past to create an unimaginable journey into the future for the black slave character Jim, from Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Tiffany Smith's installation is a commentary on representation as reflected in her self-portraits, flora patterned wallpaper, plants, and other accents used to outfit her tropical patio scene. Smith's environment is a window into her layered persona in past, present and future.