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“Bending Light”: SSCAC Unveils Winter/Spring Exhibition Exploring Colors, Identity, and Expression

Chicago, Illinois – February 10, 2024 – The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC), a bastion of cultural heritage and artistic expression, proudly presents its Winter/Spring exhibition, “Bending Light,” running from February 10 to April 27, 2024. Curated by the talented Paul Branton, this showcase features a cohort of Chicago-based painters whose works transcend the boundaries of traditional color theory, inviting viewers to explore the profound interplay between colors, identity, and societal perceptions.

Colors as Emotional Resonance

“Bending Light” goes beyond the conventional use of colors in painting. It dives into a realm where colors become more than visual elements; they become a language that echoes the sentiments of the heart. In the works of six dynamic painters, colors cease to be passive entities; they transform into an emotional call and response that extends beyond the canvas. Through a meticulous interplay of colors, improvisation, storytelling, and thoughtful composition, each piece becomes a conduit for emotions and thoughts, prompting viewers to embark on a journey of introspection.

A Dialogue Beyond the Canvas

The exhibition, curated by Paul Branton, prompts a vital question: What does it truly mean to be colored in America? This question is not just a theoretical exploration of color but an examination of identity, drawing inspiration from the rich pigments found in nature. The artists delve into the profound implications of the label ‘colored,’ exploring its impact on Black identity, potential, and the intricate interplay between societal perceptions and individual existence.

Celebration of Black Life and Expression

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, the artworks in “Bending Light” are a celebration of the language of color, offering a poignant exploration of the unique challenges, triumphs, and complexities of Black life. Each stroke and hue represents a facet of the rich tapestry of experiences, inviting viewers to engage in a dialogue that goes beyond visual aesthetics. “Bending Light” encourages audiences to perceive color not just as a visual spectacle but as a powerful conduit for reflection and conversation.

Featured Artists

The exhibition features works by esteemed artists, including Edo (Eddie Santana), Bryant Lamont, Courtney Collins, Pearlie Taylor, Robert Lewis Clark, and the curator himself, Paul Branton. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the table, contributing to the rich narrative woven through “Bending Light.”

Exhibition Details and Reception

“Bending Light” will be on view at SSCAC from February 10 to April 27, 2024. The exhibition opens with a reception on February 10, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., providing an opportunity for art enthusiasts to engage with the artists and their creations. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP for the event.

About SSCAC: Preserving and Promoting Black American Art

Founded in 1940, SSCAC stands as the oldest Black American art center in the United States and is recognized as a Chicago Historic Landmark. While honoring its rich past, SSCAC continues to build on its legacy, serving as an artist- and community-centered resource with innovative programs and exhibitions.

The mission of SSCAC is to conserve, preserve, and promote the legacy and future of Black American art and artists. It stands as a beacon, educating the community on the immense value of art and culture, creating a space for reflection, dialogue, and celebration of artistic expression.

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