Plastic, metal, auto-body paint, powder coating
May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016
The 70’s afro comb made by M.A. Industries originally was a signifier for Black unity but was “caste” as a symbol for Black Power movement by the mainstream media. There is a certain irony of one being in their natural state but viewed as nonconforming. Which leads one to question whether there is room for acceptance from any other point of view than dominant culture. “Crosshairs” plays on the fact of what makes you powerful, might also make you targeted. It draws to mind how in many African societies, ancient and modern, the hair comb symbolizes status, group affiliation, and religious beliefs, and is encoded with ritual properties. The handles of combs are decorated with objects of status, such as the headrest, human figures, and motifs that reference nature and the traditional spiritual world.
Jason Wallace is an American multidisciplinary artist best known for his work dealing with consciousness, public policy and perception within the American construct. His art explores the behaviors of consumption and accumulation of ideologies within contemporary thinking.