Hyphens in the Road, 2012


Acrylic paint on pigmented cotton and linen

14.00 x 11.00 in

35.6 x 27.9 cm

Edition of 5

signed and numbered by artist lower recto

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    About The Work

    Hyphens in the Road is an edition of acrylic paint on pigmented cotton and linen in five variations. The title of the series comes from a passage in Isabel Wilkerson's book The Warmth of Other Suns on the subject of the Great Migration, the period in our history (1910-1970) when over 6 million African Americans left the rural South for the Northeast, Midwest, and West. Wilkerson describes "hyphens in the road that blurred together toward a faraway place, bridging unrelated things as hyphens do." The imagery of the highway, a symbol used in popular culture to represent the uncertain possibilities of the future, conveys a journey that the artist states is "personal and universal, physical and spiritual." The lines indicate formal elements, such as space and perspective, and echo hard-edge geometric abstraction, providing a formal distance from the complexities of the subject matter. This series shares in common with Gatson's oeuvre a restricted palette, geometric language, and a strong conceptual sense rooted in issues dealing with race and identity. Holland Cotter has written of his work that "it is forceful; once you start looking, you have a hard time pulling back."

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    About Rico Gatson

    • This work is a variable edition of 25 with 5 suites of 5.
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