Artists on Black Culture

Gallery to kick off exhibit with the artists

6/5/2019, 10:27 a.m.
Month long exhibit opens this week with First Thursday and Saturday receptions with the artists
Exhibit featuring works by Gioncarlo Valentine (left) who designs art to explore the hyper masculinity within black culture; and works by Mark Aghatise (right) who manipulates photographs to create, ‘What Lies Underneath.’

Two international artists who create art related to black culture will kick off a month long exhibit with First Thursday and Saturday receptions at the nonprofit Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave.

Mark Aghatise, a London-born, New York-based artist, manipulates photographs to examine the bifurcation of self that occurs in contemporary urban life, "Through photographing other black bodies, I began to better understand my own and ultimately how to contort and queer the space it inhabits," he said.

Gioncarlo Valentine, a Baltimore-city born and New York based artist, is a documentary portraiture photographer and writer. His work focuses on issues faced by marginalized populations, most often focusing his lens on the experiences of black/LGBTQIA+ communities.

Aghatise will appear for a free artists talk at the gallery on First Thursday, June 6, at 5 p.m.; and Valentine will do an artists’ talk on Saturday, June 8 at 3 p.m.