Born in 1960, the American artist, Glenn Ligon, is best known for his stencilled text paintings that address issues of race, gender, and language. For his UK debut, however, Ligon is showcasing a series of new works that is a little different.
Call and Response is on display at the Camden Arts Centre until the 11th January, and features large paintings, neon signs, and video footage.
The paintings are inspired by a taped speech by the minimalist composer Steve Reich in 1966. Titled Come Out, it drew on the 'Harlem Six' case, in which six black men were arrested for murder during the Harlem Riots. His neon installations are text works that describe the police beatings the Harlem Six suffered.
Finally, his multi-screen video work showcases footage of the comedian, Richard Pryor's, during a 1982 stand-up performance. Through various editing methods, Ligon emphasises Pryor's emphatic body language, movement, and expressions.
Call and Response includes related events including:
Exhibition Talk: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye 2nd November
Reading Group 19th November
Panel Discussion: Blackness - Ghosts of Past, Present and Future 10th January 2015