Wesley Clark, an artist from Baltimore, has released his latest exhibit, “Black Man in a Black World.” It’s scheduled to be featured at Galerie Myrtis, known for its emotional and intellectual art.
The collection features 19 pieces for view and sale – with pricing ranging from $850 to $5,500.
Wesley Clark’s Factualism delivers an important message in a rather direct way. In Scrabble-board fashion, letters spell out the words “brother,” “father,” “scientist,” “builders,” “stanchion,” “resourceful,” “passionate,” and “desired.” Perhaps most noteworthy the upper left section of the piece: the words “black” and “history” intersect with the word “human.”
“It’s Wesley Clark’s way of defining the black male experience with words that are very positive and affirming,” says the gallery’s owner, Myrtis Bedolla.
Among other pieces in the Galerie Myrtis exhibit is a set of three paintings by Johnnie Lee Gray, a Vietnam veteran whose artwork confronts a demoralizing aspect of America’s history.
Gray’s triptych, titled “The Revolution,” shows the same area of a Southern town during three different points of history. The first, during the Jim Crow era, depicts a child looking into a storefront at a sign that reads “whites only.” The second painting shows the window smashed in, while civil rights marchers and police clash.
In the third painting, the street signs now read, “MLK Blvd.” and “Nelson Mandela Ave,” but the area has become a neighborhood of depravity and need.