April 8 – August 6, 2017
Robert Pruitt is known for impactful drawings that touch on issues of representation and the body. Referencing the artist’s interests in science fiction, hip hop, science and technology, sci-fi, comic books, Black political struggles and symbols of traditional African cultures, his work strives to convey the diversity present in the range of breadth of collective Black diasporic experience both past and present. Benediction presents a series of 10 large-scale drawings produced expressly for the occasion of his first solo exhibition at the Ulrich Museum of Art. The size of the drawings lead to viewers being surrounded and encompassed by the work and lead them into dialogue with the subjects of the artist’s renderings.
IMAGE: Robert Pruitt, Black Orrery, 2016. Conte’ Charcoal, coffee, 84 x 60 in.