A new photo exhibit at the Main Library on Goodwood is helping educate, enlighten and engage viewers on a ‘variety of Blackness’.
Muse: Fade to Black is a project based on creating a muse centered around Blackness and a variety of Blackness in three selections; Black love, Black pain and Black joy, according to artist Antione Lacey.
The exhibit is now on display in the lobby of the Main Library located at 7711 Goodwood Boulevard.
From the Artist, Antione Lacey:
What is my muse? I think about what inspires me on a deeply artistic and intensely spiritual level. I’m inspired by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Maya Angelou, Spencer Charles, and the list continues to grow. One central muse that has always been a part of me as I am also a part of it happens to be how I define my blackness, specifically my journey as an African American artist, particularly all that I have overcome to get to where I am today.
My blackness is artistically expressed within the photographic depictions found within my work. But, I first began exploring my identity through creative writing as a means to explore my blackness in a very personal way through imagery, reflections, and observations. Yet, I created this photographic project to express the different levels of blackness that resonate to me. Black culture is so vast in its nature. There are a plethora of layers, but I’ve only selected three of them to educate, enlighten, and engage viewers…Black pain, Black joy, and Black love.