Remember the Time is a collage piece with a familiar Michael Jackson song title which features that innocent kid who took the world by storm in the late 60’s and early 70’s. While the bold alluring eyes of the young phenom obviously draws us in, the iconic music luminary is depicted in four other distinct stages of his legendary career that are not so obvious at first glance. Notably, this figurative realistic portrait brings the talents of two Gary, Indiana native artists together. Both the superstar subject of the work and PeQue, the creator of the painting, were born there.
Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, PeQue developed his eye and honed skills for visual art while traveling the world for military service, teaching in the church as an associate pastor, and serving as a community activist in cities throughout country. He has borrowed from these varied experiences to create art in a variety of disciplines, genres, and styles. Whether painting vibrant murals to beautify urban blight, creating collage portraits of iconic legends, or illustrating scenes on canvas of everyday life, PeQue utilizes color, craft, and technique to inspire hope and promote unity everywhere he goes. To assist the underserved and support the disenchanted, he founded LIQUID, an all arts collective aimed at creating platforms to encourage and mentor people through performing and visual art. PeQue currently resides in Southern California with his wife and family.
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but desire fulfilled is a tree of life"
The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.
A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”
Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.
“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”
Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........