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Bridge Projects: Rico Gatson: You Are Light

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Rico Gatson

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You Are Light is an installation that represents light pictorially as a metaphor or symbol for positive energy, power, and hope for a better future. The various forms that comprise the installation approximate prisms, rays, and bands of color, expanding upon a Pan African sensibility of red, black green, yellow, orange, purple and magenta. The beautiful and calming effect of the chosen color, pattern and light provides a respite or escape, as well as a place of contemplation and rejuvenation. Young artists are our hope for a much brighter future and their light provides hope for us all. Come activate the installation both literally and symbolically as manifestations of the light! 

Rico Gatson is a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, identity, popular culture and spirituality, through sculpture, painting, video, and public art projects.  Over the course of almost two decades, he has been celebrated for politically layered artworks, often based on significant moments in black history. The Watts Riots, the formation of the Black Panthers Party, and the election of President Barack Obama are a few subjects touched upon in his work. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Essl Museum, Austria, Vienna; and and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.  In 2019, he completed a large commission for MTA Arts and Design titled Beacons — eight permanent large-scale mosaics of prominent figures associated with and installed in a subway station in the Bronx.

Click here to read an interview with Rico Gatson on our blog.

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This exhibition was made possible with support from Google.

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