FLINT — The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) announces the opening of Black Matters, an exhibition featuring life-size woodcut prints by Matthew Owen Wead.
Each print is based on real individuals that were killed or injured by police officers or armed vigilantes. Most of the perpetrators were later exonerated. Wead uses himself as the model for each print.
Wead, an interdisciplinary artist and native of Chicago, IL received a BFA from Morehouse College (2006) and an MFA from the University of Maryland (2009) with a focus on printmaking and mixed media. Wead explains that the intention of this series that began in 2009 grew out of the pain he felt “hearing, seeing, and reading about the unnecessary brutal force enacted on these victims.”
He recently added depictions of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor to the series, explaining, “Although this was not meant to be a continuing series, it has now become a never-ending and daunting task.”
In support of the exhibition, the FIA will host a livestream virtual Q & A with Matthew Owen Wead on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. A recording of this program will be available at flintarts.org after Aug. 19.
Black Matters is on view in the FIA’s Graphics Gallery through Oct. 11. — G.G.