Lisa Diane Wedgeworth introduces Passion Power Prayer
Band of Vices is pleased to announce a special presentation and solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based contemporary artist, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth, entitled Passion Power Prayer. Ms. Wedgeworth is an interdisciplinary artist whose large-scale abstract paintings are informed by memory and employ energetic mark-making in order to interpret psychological and emotional energies. She is an abstract painter whose work sits at the intersection of an engagement with fraught historical events of America's past and present balanced by a personal desire to know where she fits in the world.
She explains that she creates “paintings using only black paint because I want to explore the depth of blackness; because being BLACK in America is complex and layered; because the black experience in the United States is beautiful, incredible, horrifying, tragic and exceptional; because being black in America is the evidence of strength, love, courage, power, beauty, warmth, creativity, discipline, commitment and excellen[t] ... I dig deep, reflecting on my life experiences past and current, employing the visual language of abstraction to tell, interpret and explore themes related to being an observant human being.”
These erudite abstract paintings exhibit a maturity, coupled with a palpable resoluteness of purpose. Ms. Wedgeworth has decided to mine the emotional and complex terrain of herself in these works as they relate to organic and geometric shapes. Her fascination began with exploring the circle but her interest has expanded to include the triangle and other shapes. This inclusion is one that is most deliberate and is imbued with a personal directness that is inescapable. She explains that her interest has to do with the interplay of the notion of celestial or heavenly bodies and their connection with the spiritual and earthly realm. The triangle represents how Wedgeworth sees herself: firstly as a daughter, then as a sister & finally as a mother. So in the painting Self-Portrait As A Triangle With Aura (Daughter, Sister, Mother) 2018 she has learned how to balance these different aspects of her personality as she navigates through society. She also conveys that while the triangle may seem fully balanced, her personal triangle is not, which is the case with the majority of humankind.
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth has been thinking about exploring the color black in her paintings for years now. This idea began while she was getting her MFA in painting in 2015. She began thinking about shapes, language, DNA, using symbols to express herself and the relationship between celestial and earthly bodies. Wedgeworth began making these large-scale paintings that were informed by historical events such as Hurricane Katrina, the landmark 1967 trial of Loving v. Virginia & the 1963 Birmingham Baptist Church Bombing. These represent collective memories but also historical pain and trauma against Black bodies.
These works also bring her into conversation with such African American abstract painting giants who came generations before her including Norman Lewis (1909-1979), Joe Overstreet (1933-2019) and Mary Lovelace O’Neal (b. 1942), artists who based much of their artistic journey and practice on mining and exposing America's litany of inequities and disparate treatment of its Black citizenry. Her work can be viewed as a bridge between the Civil Rights Movement struggles to coming to grips with our current Black Lives Matter Movement protests and marches of today.
Her art practice is rooted in the vicissitudes and verisimilitudes of historical & personal reckonings, all in an effort to unearth more truth, fairness & understanding of the world in which we live.
Venue , 5376 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90016, United States