Artist James Jenkins, was invited to exhibit his art work during Black History Month. His mixed media works use realistic objects, often in a somewhat surprising context. The objects that he uses range from the face of a watch, a puzzle piece, the front of an old cell phone, glass pieces, sandpaper, and other unusual objects. These seemingly random objects are strategically placed in the paintings; they capture the ambience of life as he experiences it. For example, in his work entitled, IT’S VERY DARK ON MY STREET, the painting provokes fear by his use of moody colors and deliberate brush strokes.
His work also provides the viewer with both historical and contemporary context. In his painting, THE EVANGELICALS – PREACHER AND TEACHER, he directly ties together the lives of Sojourner Truth (African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist) and Martin Luther King Jr. (American activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights). “Martin Luther King Day and the month of February give all Americans a chance to consider anew who we are now as individuals and as a nation; where we came from and, most important, where we want to be. From diverse points on the planet we find ourselves here with the singular opportunity to renew and refresh the ideals implicit in the idea of a democratic nation with liberty, hope and justice a reality for all its citizens.” James Jenkins
Jenkins’ work is exhibited on the 2nd & 3rd floors at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Case Western Reserve University. The exhibit runs through February 28, 2014. To learn more about the artist, or to purchase his work, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-368-0722.