|Raymond A. Thomas, Warrior Queen of Ferguson/STL (detail), 2014, mixed media assemblage.|
Perception/Reality (in the Age of Deception)
New works by Raymond A. Thomas
October 10 – December 12, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, October 10, 2014, 6 – 9 pm
4455 South Martin Luther King Jr Drive
From Blanc Gallery FaceBook page:
Raymond A. Thomas launches his newest most important body of work at Blanc Gallery during Chicago Artist’s month. Perception/Reality (in the Age of Deception) investigates the notions of visual and sensory manipulation and how this current multi-media bombardment of subversion connects historically to an ongoing campaign of conformity and control. The artist uses varying media to mirror the layered effects of multi-media manipulation on our psyches. His work reflects how the hideous and the sublime coexist as we grapple with them, trying to rationalize our world through minefields of distorted truths.
In the tragic wake of events in Ferguson, MO, Thomas’ works aims to inspire viewers to create their own stories to counter-balance the media’s narrative arc. His alternately beautiful and brutal images challenge viewers to become the creators of their own images and truths.
Raymond A. Thomas is an award-winning artist, international award-winning filmmaker, and noted creative director. He won the best of show 1st prize at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s 2013 Black Creativity juried art exhibition and is the recipient of a 2014 IPA grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Thomas, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, served as art director and creative manager for Johnson Publishing Company Inc., publishers of EBONY and JET magazines.
Blanc is a fine art gallery in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood that seeks to provide a space for artists to explore new ideas and for the community to engage these artists in a culture of conversation.