White Imitates Black
57 in HIGH x 43 in WIDE
(144.78 cm HIGH x 109.22 cm WIDE)
Art Deaccession Fund

Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011, "Pitch Blackness," February 12 - Mar 14, 2009.OMCA, Gallery of California Art, Open Space 2/3, "2000 and Rising," May 1 - Aug. 1, 2010.

This is a lenticular print that shows text on a white background. The text is printed in black with a san serif font in capitol letters. The image (text) of this work changes in relationship to where the viewer stands. For instance, as the viewer walks left to right the text shifts from "White Imitates Black" to "Black Imitates Black" to "Black Imitates White" to "White Imitates White."

The artist's intent may be that black identity and identity in general is not a fixed idea but rather is created by fluid and changing relationships. Using physical location of the viewer as a critical part of activating the work refers to psychological positioning that determines how one sees one self and others.

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