Opening Reception for Lamar Whidbee's "Learned Behavior"
Found materials such as window panes are used to represent the act of viewing, a line of sight into the generational cycle pertaining to the region in which Whidbee was raised, a cycle that has strong ties to education and class. Objects such as books and dining room tables can also be viewed in his work, objects that can be taken for granted when found in a home but given power when a person is in search of one's lineage. While being visually encouraged by artist such as David Hammons and Titus Kapher, Whidbee strives to create sculpture/painting hybrids that raise questions pertaining to culture, class and education. The type of questions that explore why a specific people have practically no history in academia, and no clear knowledge of their original language. Precise removal of text and images within his work are moments when he asks, "Who would I be if knew where I came from and stood in the true identity of my ancestors?”.
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