Below is my show statement and show title for an exhibit that was taken down the day after it was hung. The venue was a craft coffee shop where I have previously shown work and where they are genuinely supportive of my work. They had second thoughts after the show was hung, explaining deep regret, but concern that my work might alienate some of their clientele.

“Mr. T”
On exhibit here are a collection of works on paper that take their starting point from one person, but more than representing an individual they explore a larger world of compartmentalized identities coughed up since Donald Trump has taken office, as supporters and detractors alike are swept along in his parade, scurrying to find footing. Gone are the formalities of diplomacy, leadership and decorum of years gone by and instead what has come forward is a feed back loop regurgitating the darkest of brash, wind driven madness that popular America has cultivated since its inception. From Twitter blue to Ajax white to Everlast red our identities, affiliations and alignments are caught up in a blur of interconnected alliances. As we attempt to untangle ourselves from the onslaught of storms, the suffocating mantle of stripes or the submerged life-blood within the earth’s strata, deeper issues of cooperation versus division and ultimately survival, loom in the background.
Kenny Cole November 2018