Gordon’s artwork in a collector’s home as featured in Toronto Life Magazine, May 2019 edition. (photo by Derek Shapton)
Work in preparation for the 2018 show Visceral
Gordon Shadrach’s exhibition Visceral, is his follow up to his first solo exhibition at BAND in the fall of 2017. In this most recent body of work, Shadrach focuses on portraits that explore the responses to racism or bias, capturing the responses of those on the receiving end or the audience bearing witness. Each portrait being exhibited has its own narrative, and the visceral reactions of the protagonists within are a snapshot of these moments in time, for racialized communities, which may occur fleetingly or are quickly dismissed, when a comment is made with heavy racial overtones or micro-aggressions. Often at the time the reactions are one of silence, however, in Shadrach’s work this silence is amplified through the facial features of the portraits’ subjects, some with mouths aghast are mentally unpicking and examining how to respond and the implications of what has been said, just as people of colour have to do so often.
Running October 11th, 2018 to November 18th, 2018
As featured by Aphrochic at Alden Parkes - High Point Market 2018
30” by 40”
Acrylic on Wood
In framed in Vintage Frame
Featured in “Here we are here” Black Canadian Contemporary Art exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum (January to April 2018 and Museum des beaux Arts Montreal May to October 2018).