Gallery Opening: What is your Tar Baby?


Mixed Media works by Charly Palmer

- Friday, February 24, 7pm

What do President Barack Obama, Adolf Hilter, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pee-wee Herman have in common? According to Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer, each has a “Tar Baby”.  In this collection of over 40 mixed media works, Palmer appropriates and reinterprets the tale of “Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby” to address contemporary issues of bigotry, racism and stereotyping.  Yet, in Palmer’s version it is no longer the archetypal trickster rabbit, but rather civil rights leaders, entertainers, politicians, scholars, and African and Native Americans who confront their tar babies.  Each metaphoric “tar baby” represents a conviction to a social cause, a sensitive situation or misguided belief that holds one back. Palmer’s imagery is poignant as it summons a deep emotional response, reaching the inner sanctum of where our “tar baby” lies.   

Charly Palmer's Artist Talk will take place on Thursday, March 8 at 6.30pm.  He will be joined by the collection's curator, Myrtis Bedolla, and catalog essayist, Horace D. Ballard, Jr.  

Learn more about Charly Palmer and read his artist statement

What is your Tar Baby? will run from February 24, 2012 to April 7, 2012.

Regular Gallery Hours: W-F 11am–5pm, Sat 11am–3pm, and by appointment

Learn more about the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery


Image: Charly Palmer’s “Marilyn, 2011,” Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas

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