turquoise ground with grey and black spots and speckles -fewer at center of image; four "talk balloons" with text in four different fonts: "There they goes!...", " And why, my dear friends and fellow sufferers...", " There is no time left for polite conversation", "Storm! Storm comin'!..."

© Fred Wilson

Convocation, 2004

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Fred Wilson explores such ideas as communication, cultural perception, barriers to understanding, and the invisibility of black America. In this print, he creates fluid arrangements of spots and splashes, touching, overlapping, and forming masses, as a metaphorical matrix for his ideas about cultural dominance and race. For Wilson, the various ink spots represent the individual voices of the countless unheard voices of the African American community. The etching also features a series of what Wilson calls "conversation bubbles," containing the words of black fictional characters created by white authors. By Wilson's account, these "voices" participate in a conversation and help shed light on African American experience.

Details
Title
Convocation
Artist Life
born 1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2008.37
Provenance
Crown Point Press, San Francisco (publisher); sold to MIA, 2008.
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turquoise ground with grey and black spots and speckles -fewer at center of image; four "talk balloons" with text in four different fonts: "There they goes!...", " And why, my dear friends and fellow sufferers...", " There is no time left for polite conversation", "Storm! Storm comin'!..."

© Fred Wilson

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