‘Self Examination’ by Derrick Alexis Coard is our chosen artwork of the week. With the Glasgow International festival opening tomorrow night at Project Ability we’ve had a busy week! It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome White Columns Director and Chief Curator Matthew Higgs to Project Ability. Matthew brought the show to us and has been here installing this exhibition as part of the festival, and Glasgow’s own Jim Lambie has been in to help with the curation by generously donating his time and a few different artworks to be exhibited alongside Coard’s wall pieces. ‘Self Examination’ is one of 17 mixed media drawings and paintings by Derrick on display in our Project Ability gallery.
Working out of the Healing Arts Initiative in New York, Derrick’s work shows a search for self as well as the plight of African American men in America. These ‘imagined portraits’ of African American men are the subject matter for all the chosen works on exhibition, and their strength and beauty portray not only the obvious skill and talent the artist holds for drawing and painting but also his ability and desire to investigate issues of identity and ethnicity.
We are honoured to be showcasing Derrick’s first solo show in the U.K. Despite these works all revolving around the African American man (quite often with beard), each one strikes a different chord and shows the many different ways one person can examine, relate to and identify with themselves, regardless of ethnicity and environment.