Monograph: Blak Origin Moment

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Monograph: Blak Origin Moment

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Monograph on the occasion of Blak Origin Moment, a solo exhibition of Noel W Anderson’s work.

Includes essays by the artist, LeRonn P. Brooks, PhD and Steven Matjicio.

48 pages with color images.

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Blak Origin Moment is the first monograph from the Louisville, Kentucky-born, New York-based artist Noel W Anderson, in conjunction with the second iteration of the exhibition at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The book delves into Anderson’s ongoing exploration of the history of black consciousness as he wrestles with the legacies of images, events, and materials.

In a practice that continues to conceptually evolve, Anderson has become known for his investigations into the make-up of black male identity via the medium of textiles. From rugs to mechanically produced tapestries, Anderson weaves a spectrum of fibres with appropriated images and objects, reworked enough to fray their edges and challenge legibility.

Blak Origin Moment continues this mode of inquiry as Anderson pushes his study into the fraught post-Ferguson era of Black Lives Matter and heightened racial tensions in the United States. Prompted by the provocative question “When did you know you were black?” he collects oral, visual, and artifact-based histories to ultimately restructure the origin and genealogy of black consciousness. His works attempt to locate an elusive black essence by way of images, sound, and objects which, for Anderson, “evoke moments where racial recognition is heightened”, but resolution is deferred.