Silence, Mind Blown, Hate Peaking, 2018
Skye Gallery, 381 Broadway in Providence
In his illustrations, Junebrone Savage Blaq, a Providence artist
who came to the city from Brooklyn when he was 10, plays with the notion of
caricature as a human tactic to dehumanize and turns it on its head. Identifying as Afro-centric and indigenous,
he prefers not to define his cultural art as urban or upscale. “I am talking from the heart of a man who
understands. I am not peaking, I am not
silent, and I am paying attention.”
June is compelled to promote human growth by sharing his own
experience. Metaphorically the face
represents the head which is the source of thought and reason. His portraits center on the point of deliverance
and inspiration to create a non-verbal opinion.
All sense starts in the mind.
Colorful Silence is about picking and choosing what to speak
about. Those who scream equality often
don’t speak about everyone, rather just the equality that affects
themselves. Too often the mouth
disappears when it’s about color. The
drips into the head represent a kind of slow methodical unending torture making
silence colorful. Silence can be out of
convenience and or due to trauma.
Mind Blown wrestles with the quality of the input, its
dangers and opportunity. Here the artist
is saying it’s not about changing one’s mind, it’s about radically altering
it. We are often oblivious to our own
selves due to the consumption messages…stuck in a child-like state just taking
it all in. Blow your mind is about the demolition
and deconstruction of negative gratification that tries to pull on us and keep
us from our higher selves.
Hate Peaking speaks to the quest for luxuries and how it
drowns us in a set of expectations that ultimately lead to our demise and
pillage of the earth. Peaking or
reaching the top is a kind of self-mutilation according to the artist. Money also steals voice. We stop speaking when it can threaten our
quest for more money and more things.
Some folks act like they are blind, but they are peeking and holding
silent, mostly due to self-interest and the quest for more.