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MELLY @ WITTE DE WITH


"HOW?"
A0 format offset print of collage of scanned, printed, scanned, printed, scanned images I've been carrying for years within my nomadic art practice.
84.1 W x 118.9 H cm
or
33.1 W x 46.8 H in
2019



"IMAGINATION CREATION"
or
"RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH"
A0 format offset print of collage of scanned, printed, scanned, printed, scanned images I've been carrying for years within my nomadic art practice.
118.9 H X 84.1 W cm
or
46.8 H X 33.1 W in
2019

My mother’s paternal grandfather, Alfonso Pierce, a mixed black man born in Fayetteville, West Virginia, went up north to Ohio around the turn of the 20th century (1900s) to study agriculture, escape blue-collar toil, sickness, and the possible race struggle within the coal-mining town of his birthplace. From Ohio, he eventually migrated to the east coast, boarded a ship, and later landed in London, England where he met a red-headed dancer, Patricia Jones (from Ipswitch, England), on a commercial set. They married, bore one colored child, Orestes (my grandfather), and eventually migrated to Manhattan before the Great Depression of 1929. Their miscegenated coupling, in addition to economic strife, I believe, must have affected them as form of internalized violence. Patricia passed away in the 1940s from pancreatic cancer after suffering 1-½ years of screaming agony: proper treatment wasn’t affordable; Alfonso persevered, straight back (the most posturally correct person my father ever met), living well into his 90s; and Orestes went on to fight in WWII for a country which institutionally discriminated against people like him. Orestes’ grandfather, the father of Alfonso, I heard, had migrated to Manhattan seeking employment to build the subterranean subway system. 

The Underground Railroad (i.e., subways) and skyscrapers (“wolkenkratzer” auf Deutsch) act as two sides of a coin: modern behemoths with an edge: scraping clouds while tunneling into a subterranean subconsciousness.





photos: Aad Hoogendoorn



















photos: Aad Hoogendoorn








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"MELLY and

@ WITTE DE WITH 
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORAY ART
WITTE DE WITHSTRAAT 50
3012 BR ROTTERDAM
THE NETHERLANDS


07 APRIL 2019 - 
26 APRIL 2020





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