Miami-based illustrator, muralist, and printmaker Charles Humes Jr. his eye-catching “college mosaic” at Miami International Airport with the moving opening, a collection of his work combines collages, paintings, and drawings to explore the state. the Black experience in Miami while honoring lost lives and historical figures. The solo exhibition will be on display through September 2023 in the MIA’s Gate D31 Gallery.
MOTIC, an acronym for Inner City Affairs, is inspired by Hum’s determination to highlight issues such as aging, extreme poverty, racial inequality, poverty, and the eventual displacement and loss of culture caused by gentrification in his hometown of Liberty. — one of Miami’s most significant historically Black neighborhoods. Inner City Matters is also the title of an art exhibit at the African American Cultural Heritage Center for the Arts Amadlozi Gallery in Miami, Florida (December 16, 2021 – February 22, 2022) curated and curated by Donnamarie Baptiste, with funding from The Ellies, Miami Visual Arts Awards by Oolite presented
I am concerned with telling the story of the visible condition and condition of people of color. As an artist, I aim to open a visual window to see a dramatic type of people depicting intensive images that create an impactful dialogue for the audience.
Most of the large-scale mixed-media works created between 2010-2021, using discarded materials Humes found in the neighborhood, such as large commercial vinyl signs with grommets, the artist used to make his “tapestry” mixed series. —media pictures and groupings hang on the wall like traditional paintings. Humes’s collages are equal arrangements that consist of clippings and clippings from newspapers, magazines, and fabric, which he layered in vivid images of textures and unexpected neighborhoods. The larger-than-life figurative forms and the emphasis on elongated stylized corners and figures signify the complexity and complexity of the condition and predicament of the people and community to which the artist is subject.
For more than 50 years, Humes’ vast body of work through various media has focused on chronicling the lives, struggles, triumphs, and behaviors of Black people, African Americans, and people of color. Inspired as a young man in the 70s and 80s by major cultural movements such as Black Is Beautiful and Black Pride, Humes’ work follows a great tradition of early African American art that depicted the daily lives and situations of Black people.
Humes is currently an artist-in-residence at MISSAM MoCA through May 2023, as part of a partnership between MISSAM MoCA in Massachusetts and Oolite Arts Miami. The residency was acquired through an open call for submissions that resulted in 10 Miami artists being selected.
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