this visual artist ignites poignant racial conversation through unsettling illustrations

August 10, 2018
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Born and raised in South Carolina, Alexander Harrison perspective as an artist is certainly informed by his southern heritage. Harrison’s powerful images are grotesque and uncomfortable. Borrowing powerful iconography from Jim Crow-era anti-black propaganda, each painting is a biting examination of social constructs, manifestations of racism, oppression, and violence.”I always wanted to have to a voice in how Blacks are treated in America, but didn’t know how exactly.” Each of Harrison’s piece forces viewers to take a disconcerting look at themselves and the world around them.