Exhibit: 'Allegory of Justice'
September 12—September 26, 2017, Mon/Tue 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
September 13—September 29, 2017, Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Augusta Savage Gallery
UMass Amherst Campus
Brian Gaither’s large-scale monochrome paintings address ways that power is used to manipulate the masses — to divide and conquer. Depictions of iconic figures confront the viewer and conjure uncanny relationships against stark black canvas. Diffused light introduced through the use of tinted pigments, allude to apparitions of memory from the ruins of history.
Gaither says, “The process of searching for understanding and the resulting clarity is what inspires me. My work gives form to my understanding of the individual’s place within the conflict of ideologies that shape social institutions and the need for social change.”
Brian Gaither was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1978. He works predominantly in the medium of painting, but also in sculpture and creative writing. He received his MFA degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the Civil Society Institute Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. He has participated in group shows at the African American History Museum in Philadelphia, Philips Exeter Academy, and other institutions of higher education. Gaither lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he works as an Adjunct Professor of Studio Art.
Opening reception Tuesday, September 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Augusta Savage Gallery is located in New Africa House. Click here for directions.