Blind Spots - Curlee Raven Holton (NEW)
Blind Spots
About the Work

From the Artist

Blind Spots was inspired by a trip to Japan to study Japanese traditional printmaking techniques. My desire was to create densely composed images representing the confluence of people and cultures. The areas, or spots, of primary colors are designed to restrict the flow of visual information or completely shut down visual stimuli in any given area. Thereby metaphorically representing areas of blindness or views that we stereotypically hold towards others that are different from us or biases based on ignorance and inability to see clearly.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

My work as an artist is based on both public and a private narrative. The public narrative has led to a commentary on issues that impact society in general including race, poverty, political concerns, isolation, and class. My private narrative pushes me further and presents my personal negotiation of these same issues and frequently confronts ramifications that are more intimate in their nature. My sense of humanity, and my consciousness as a thinking and feeling being, have led me to explore topics that are painful, personal, and that at times show man’s indifference to others. As an artist I have attempted to communicate this awareness in an intellectual and sensual manner.
—From http://artjaz.com/artists/holton/index_mb.html, accessed 6-23-2021


Works by Curlee Raven Holton challenge us to look at areas of society that may be uncomfortable and pose important questions about humanity. What is most frightening for us? Why are some people seemingly invisible? This print contains seven figures submersed in an overlay of bright, texturized colors. Some figures are participating in activities, such as playing on a swing or applying makeup. Floating circles of different colors and sizes take their place in the foreground, involving themselves within the lives of the figures.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

About the Artist

Curlee Raven Holton is a printmaker and educator from Mississippi. He received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts in drawing and printmaking and an MFA with honors from Kent State University, OH.

Since 1991, Holton has tau...

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Blind Spots

Medium

Offset Lithograph

Date

2002

Dimensions

25" x 21.5"

Edition Size

40 prints in this edition

Printer

Robert "Bob" Franklin

Provenance:

Brandywine Workshop and Archives

Location

Philadelphia, PA