Hank Willis Thomas: Flying Geese
December 9, 2017 - July 8, 2018
The William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery
Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), "Flying Geese," 2012. mounted digital c-prints and stained African mahogany. Edition 3 of 3. Collection of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, HWT12.031.3 Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
As a conceptual artist, Hank Willis Thomas incorporates found photographs, text, and materials ranging from sports jerseys to repurposed prison inmate uniforms into his artwork. Beginning in 2012, Thomas began utilizing historic photographs from African American photographers and incorporating them into dynamic quilt-like pieces. These works reflect upon the history of racial representation and perspectives that are re-framed through memories and personal histories. Presented here, Flying Geese is intended as a space of reflection and engagement.