Zygote Press will host a special artist talk with their 2014 Artist in Residence Donald Black Jr. Black will discuss his latest exhibition of photogravure prints, My Scars Exposed, currently on view in Zygote’s gallery. The exhibition runs through Oct. 4. Black is a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts and Ohio University, where he studied commercial photography.
“I was the kid who never left my scabs alone; I picked at them,” explains Black. “I’m not sure if I was attracted to self-inflicted pain, but what I do know is that I was attracted to the breaking of patterns on my skin and the mark that would be left behind. I liked the permanency and mystery of scars. Then there are what I call the ‘unmarked scars.’ For a long time I did not know these scars existed because I tucked them away before I had a chance to ignore them. My environment even blanketed these scars because where there is drugs, murder, guns, scarce food and income, there is little time to stop and examine or care for wounds. I just survived and I kept on going. The smartest thing I did in survival mode was the decision to create art.”
Event is free and open to the public.