At Alpha Gallery, ‘Harmony of Difference’ hums with color and contrast. The artist known as ransome works with collage, paint, and décollage to create portraits and pictures honoring Black Americans, including his family
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grantee
June has brought wonderful news. Last week I learned that I had been named a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. The grant supports Lee Krasner’s mission of advancing the work of visual artists. To date, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been awarded to 5,000 grantees across 78 countries with $82 million having been distributed to-date
With my grant, I plan to create a thirty-minute video installation for my upcoming exhibit Up South premiering at Opalka Gallery on the Sage College campus in March of 2023. This installation will center on images and narratives of the Great Migration. My video will consist of a series of interviews with people from across generations including folks who migrated from the South to the North, those who stayed behind, as well as younger generations, who, in some cases, are reversing this migration and returning to a South that’s much changed from the one their ancestors left behind. The video will juxtapose these interviews with scenes from both Northern cities and country life.
Lee Krasner in Hans Hoffman’s studio, early 1940s. Photo ©Robert E. Mates and Paul Katz. Lee Krasner artwork ©Pollock-Krasner Foundation/ARS. Image courtesy of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
View video on Zoom The Lighthouse ArtCenter is honored to display evocative artworks showcasing the personal experience and cultural heritage of these artists, international rock stars, whose works are held in institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and others. The list on exhibition reads like the who’s who of internationally celebrated painters, sculptors, and multi-media black and brown artists in the world today, including Nick Cave, Leonardo Drew, Ellen Gallagher, Adam Pendleton, William Kwamena-Poh, Ransome, Kara Walker, and Purvis Young. As you will see in this online catalog, some of the pieces are on loan from private collections, however many are available for purchase.
Barrett Art Center November 05 2020
"Barrett Art Center presents a virtual artist talk with Ransome, whose solo show is at the Barrett Art Center through November 14th. Ransome will discuss his work in the show, while sharing insight on his creative process, inspirations, and other ongoing projects."
Poughkeepsie Journal October 28 2020
"Bounded by the past, but looking at the future, Ransome makes paintings that revere the artistic brilliance of Black persons that have taken this path..."
Chronogram November 1 2020
"Ransome's work focuses on images that centered around his African-American lineage, a through line that connects back to his sharecropper ancestors."