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Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show: Closing Reception
November 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT
Closing reception with artist talk at 7 pm.
The wailing of the piedmont guitar and the sounds of Hallejuah fills the air and people wither and sweat while the symbols are drawn on the old tent walls and the medicine and roots are mixed behind the curtain. They are cures or the curses… attractions or be gones that you came for. While High John walks among The symbols of something that is as close to you as your own skin but yet out there and otherworldly. It’s a revival, a medicine show, a confessional, a folktale . All in paint …. It’s working . It’ The Southern Black Call Medicine Show.
The Southern Black Cat Call Medicine Show, is a mixed media showing of 12 pieces that are filled with imagery drawing the vibrant and rich culture of the African American experience and spirituality, the blues of the Mississippi Delta, Folklore , root work, and hoodoo symbolism.
Robert Pitts ( aka Black Remus ) was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Robert’s life has been steeped in his culture from the soulful gritty music of Chicago blues and R&B to the stunningly rhythmic works of multi disciplined artists like Geoffrey Holder to the literal masterpieces of Zora Neal Hurtson and visually captivating ideas of Jacob Lawerence . He has photographed marches, social actions to snapshot of life in Hyberdad, India but his original love is canvas. Robert has begun to revisit the music ,folktales, traditions ,and religions of his kin. He looks to meld these traditions and his sense of social justice into a newer phase of art for himself under the astirs of the moniker Black Remus.