Nature’s art gallery is always open. We are all appraisers critiquing the creator’s artwork. We critique the creator’s use of shades, colors, textures lines and shape.
Art is valued based on collective assessment. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting ‘The Mona Lisa’, considered as one of the best known and most highly valued works of art in the world is constantly replicated by individuals and is for many a standard of beauty. The white tiger in parallel is considered rare and exotic and protected to prevent extinction.
Collective Assessment: ‘The Black Man’
The Black Man is art.
By what measure should the Black man be valued? Did the creator sculpt too many? Can the Black Man be Mona Lisa?
Wait! Some will ‘pass,’ maybe, the shades of the ‘Black Man Art’ which are similar to or lighter than that of a brown paper bag.
'Brown Paper Bag’
Through his art Wilmer Wilson lends his voice and talents to the conversation of how the Black Man has been valued in colonial past. He complexly links brown paper bags into a stunning and dramatic backdrop and intricately intertwines his body in various positions throughout this compelling art work. Perhaps Wilmer Wilson motive is to make us question how the ‘Black Man Art’ is valued today.
Did we stop to think that the brown paper bag is typically crumbled, stepped on and discarded when deemed to be of no more use. The question must then be asked, if the brown paper bag is a standard, then can any ‘Black Man Art’ be considered of value?
I wonder how long it will take for the ‘Black Man Art’ to be truly valuable. Maybe Wilmer Wilson is on to something. Maybe like his dramatic piece of united brown paper bags, maybe ALL black men will have to unite and create new art out of a material whose intrinsic value is unquestioned.
Contributed by guest blogger: Yolanda Rainford