Tappan is proud to present Black Privilege, a new series of works on paper by artist Andru Sisson at the Atelier. Sisson’s work is characterized by dynamic, gestural lines that depict portraits, each piece unique yet consumed by a personal rhythm and visual language. Sisson’s work is inherently emotive, influenced by questions of identity politics, his African heritage, and music.
Black Privilege serves as a narrative intermission, signifying a departure from Sisson’s last body of work presented in his solo exhibition, Ivory Gold Slaves, and his development toward a larger series. “These works are about a certain state of being,” says Sisson. “they reflect on the emotional and physical state of being a black painter in America, right now.” Black Privilege tells the story of a black artist in America, each work conveying Sisson’s core complexities that make him who he is. These works, minimally produced with pastel, primer, masking tape and paper, are about exposing the bare essentials of the composition. “Each piece is a vignette in my life, explains Sisson, “be it a conversation with my grandmother, or my vision of what it means to be privileged.”
“My experience as an American painter is quite different than most,” explains Sisson. “I really live this day in and day out. I am black, I am educated, and I am valuable. My struggles are culturally inflected. The art world has this lottery system of who gets recognition and who gets to acquire the prestige of being called a “Fine Artist.” A lot of times minorities and women get swept in the corner - as if our work isn’t as vital. Me being the artist that I am is my antidote to that lottery system.”
Black Privilege is on view at the Tappan Atelier through Friday, April 14, by appointment only.
Andru Sisson will lead a walk through of the exhibition on Tuesday, April 4.
Tappan is an organization dedicated to representing and propelling the careers of emerging artists. Our two core pillars are to reinvent the growth-pipeline for young artists, and the art buying experience for collectors. Tappan’s foundation is an educational platform, enhanced by artist-driven content and strategic partnerships that build context and awareness for our artists, while connecting them with new and seasoned collectors.
The Atelier is Tappan’s artist residency and mixed-use space in downtown Los Angeles. This space houses free artist studios, and provides our artists with the opportunity connect with their peers, advisors, and collectors. We value the educational experience the artist and collector have together in the studio, and we work to enhance that experience through frequent visits to the Atelier and art events, from more traditional exhibitions to experimental installations and unique programming.
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