Reservations required for the opening.
Opens Second Friday, January 8 5-9pm
Continues Through Saturday, February 6. All work will be available online for purchase as well at in-gallery.
GALLERY HOURS AFTER OPENING: THURS & FRI 5-9PM, SAT 1-5PM
MASKS REQUIRED. SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PLACE
Liggett Studio is a located at 314 S Kenosha, Tulsa, OK 74120 in heart of the "Off-Brady" East End Village District.
Anti-venom is a phrase in an ongoing conversation. I spoke with Black men who self-identify as members of the LGBTQAI+ community. In doing so, I gained insight into my own experience as both a Black man and a member of the same community. We are not monoliths and it was important for me to examine and reconcile how we navigate toxic masculinity even as we subscribe to it in subtle, sometimes imperceptible ways.
For centuries serpents have been revered, respected, and even deified in cultures and art throughout of the Eastern World. In the West however, our serpentine cousins in creation are more often than not vilified and demonized. Many negative connotations, even irrational fears, can be traced to Judeo-Christian influences, maligning the delicate creature to a station lower than the devil himself.
Many parallels can be drawn between the subjects of my creative work for this series and serpents themselves. What resonates most for me is the psychological trauma and degradation serpents, as molting creatures, experience in the event they are incapable of shedding their old skin. Symptoms similar to that of clinical depression have been observed in these creatures experiencing this unfortunate, debilitating circumstance.
Through this series I simply seek to interrogate these experiences. We exist within a tangled maze of binaries as well as within the gaze of others. We care about what others think of us to varying degrees. Do we experience a similar psychological erosion when we are unable to shed the skins heaped upon us by others? Some don’t seem to care at all while others may feign ambivalence but are deeply engrossed. At what point do we determine whether or not we are concerned or even capable of removing what others think about us from our deeply ingrained self-concepts? Is seeing the humanity in others enough to actually humanize them and their experiences even when we cannot relate?
- Alexander Walter