|15 Hoods, ©2013|
The premier of 15 Hoods went very well. Despite the event coinciding with Yom Kippur, we seemed to have plenty of people in the studio and throughout the Bakehouse as well. Both the photo and the installation drew favorable responses from visitors and three inquiries for possible future shows. Not bad, I think.
The photo, shown above, is about 30x40 inches as currently displayed. However, because each portrait is a distinct image ranging from 10 to 12 megapixels after cropping, the image should be indefinitely scalable. Projection on the side of a building anyone?
The models in the photo range in age from toddler to middle age, male and female and yes, the guy second from the right in the lower row is me. The idea of the piece was to render 15 nearly identical images in black & white, except the middle image which is clearly identifiable as a young African American male and is rendered in full color. Essentially, each of us can look nefarious in a hoodie under the right conditions but society's attention is still drawn to the black male above all others.
Along with the piece, the installation also included out-takes and informal portraits of the models intended to show that they are really just people in hoods and that at heart we are all the same. Rounding out the installation is a series of images from the vigil for Trayvon Martin at the Torch of Friendship earlier this year.
The installation will remain on exhibit through October, 2013 in the Bakehouse Art Complex, Studio 3U and by private viewing by appointment.