American Spectacle, my latest protest drawing, refers to Blake and Stedman’s etchings while overlaying the terms of American butchery. The piece illustrates the racism of our nation in a color palette of patriotism.
American Spectacle is inspired by the cruel appetite the public holds for images of Black murder. Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile are current examples of how we feed racism by sensationalizing the images of Black bodies murdered by the state.
American Spectacle is approximately 42×35, Sharpie, ink, and acrylic on 140 lb paper. $1800.
Works by artist K Ryan Henisey are currently on display at LAMAG’s Open Call: Play at Barnsdall Art Part and the Newhall Aquarium. Paintings will show at Ink and Clay 42 at the Kellogg Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona and Viral: 25 Years from Rodney King at the Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland this fall.