Black is the giant is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that explores the effects of the mystical, magical and super human powers associated with blackness. This potent idea is the unacknowledged elephant in the room and is often the source of brutality and lethal attacks on black people. The exhibition features original paintings and sculptures by Dáreece J. Walker, performance poetry by artist Daniel J. Watts (with his collective the InnerView), and a video installation of their collaboration to address this subject.
Walker and Watts share a common concern for issues of social justice, interest in using the power of words and language to influence, and passion for powerful forms of expression that resonate with diverse audiences. With Black is the giant, Walker and Watts engage the broader community in a dialogue on the detrimental effects of racial misperceptions while reinforcing our shared humanity as a point of healing. The original paintings, sculptures, video installation, and live performances comprising artists Walker and Watts collaboration will be on view from July 17 (with private previews beginning July 10) until August 28, 2016.
Dareece J. Walker (b. 1989) utilizes found materials and cardboard as his canvas addressing ideas and subject matters he believes have been overlooked or disregarded. Misunderstandings around blackness as well as the perceptions projected onto him by people of other races greatly influence his work. Dáreece seeks to create a tone for those muted and ignored and engage viewers in dialogue about social injustice and identity. Walker is also a spoken word poet influenced by a rich literary and a musical heritage defined by the blues and spirituals, rhythm and blues, and hip-hop in a similar vein as Watts.
Daniel J. Watts an accomplished performer, poet, and activist urges communities to focus on their social similarities opposed to their differences. Through original programming including live performances, videos and demonstrations, the spoken word artist and storyteller, shares universal stories of love, peace, and understanding. He has appeared in many television and Broadway shows and can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Hamilton: An American Musical and the television series Vinyl (HBO).