Jamal Thorne: Bootleg DeLorean

February 28-April 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 2018, 5:00-8:00 pm

  • Jamal Thorne

    Untitled #16, mixed media on paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2017.

    Untitled #16
  • Jamal Thorne

    Untitled #17, mixed media on paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2017.

    Untitled #17
  • Jamal Thorne

    Red #2, mixed media on paper, 36 x 24 inches, 2017.

    Red #2
  • Jamal Thorne

    Blue #1, mixed media on paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2017.

    Blue #1
  • Jamal Thorne

    Untitled #18, mixed media on paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2017.

    Untitled #18

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Atist Statement

"A smart woman told me to remember Huey Newton but "be careful not to forget Emmit Till." At the time, a roll of the eyes seemed appropriate, but that's what's expected of a twenty-one year old. Thankfully I am free from experiencing the atrocities Emmit Till suffered and in that sense, we've made progress. Because such progress has been made, it is difficult to establish a solid connection to the experiences of the aforementioned mentioned figures. Our experience is living with the tales of Rosa Parks and Huey Newton, but watching the trial of George Zimmerman unfold. Everyone digs into the past but is confronted with the idiosyncrasies of the present. Digital media allows us to time travel and our experience is a composite of what we find and what we see today. My work is an attempt at visualizing this dynamic. Like an event occurs in time, a layer composed of tape and paint is created. As time moves forward and new events occur, a new layer of paint covers the previous layer. While some things from the previous layers are lost, others are preserved and make an impression upon each new layer that is created. The process of cutting into the accumulation of material serves to mimic the act of reclaiming a connection to the past. The finished work is a documentation of this experience we all have. Things happen, they are lost to time, they make an impression, and we try to reclaim them."