Centre College AEGON Gallery

    209 South Beatty Avenue
    Danville, KY 40422
    (859) 238-5348
    Website: centre.edu
    Hours:  Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm

    Black Palimpsest

    Featuring Jared Thorne
    Website: jaredthorne.com

    Dates: October 25 – December 1, 2023
    Reception: November 2, 2023 5pm-6:30pm at Aegon Gallery in Jones Visual Art Center
    Artist Talk to follow: November 2, 2023 7pm-8pm at Young Hall Rm 113

    In my series, Black Palimpsest, I have been interested in reconfiguring and re-contextualizing traditional African masks using a multifaceted approach that includes painting, sculpture, and photography. The dioramas take several forms, each designed to raise questions about Black identity by considering the intersection and contradiction between the geographically disparate yet deeply connected communities of Black American and Black Africans.

    As a Black artist investigating the culture of his own people, Jared Thorne seeks to challenge hegemonic as well as self-imposed frameworks of Black Identity in the United States and beyond. Thorne’s work centers on issues of race, social class, and gender. He engages questions of authenticity, representation, and history, challenging the viewer to redefine their relationship to contemporary culture. Recently, Thorne has been exploring the diasporic relationship between America and Africa.