DEX R. JONES: STORIED PORTRAITS

Influenced by the cultural richness of his Caribbean heritage and Pan-African studies, Dexter R. Jones unwaveringly removes the veil of self-conscious inhibition by eliminating preconceived notions of beauty. Instead, he masterfully reveals true splendor and regality, even amidst vulnerability.

Jones relentlessly pushes the characterization of beauty not often seen. Encompassing a mixture of texture, hues, flesh and heavy contrast in his editorial photography, his expertise in justly capturing women of vast shades is indicative of his strong matriarchal upbringing.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jones works on artistic projects, editorial assignments, and creative collaborations in both photography and film. Storied Portraits is Jones’ first solo show outside of New York and features 20 images produced in large-scale, further enhancing the vibrancy, strength and appeal of his artwork.

Artworks on view during Dex R. Jones: Storied Portraits are available for purchase through The Shop at Krasl Art Center. View a complete list of artworks for sale with pricing here. To make a purchase or for additional information, please email giftshop@krasl.org.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING

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IN THE artLAB: BARBARA COOPER

Chicago-based sculptor Barbara Cooper uses wood, books and glue to create elegantly structured artworks. Using nature as her starting point, the artist is inspired by the stresses and obstacles nature confronts. These evolutions in growth and form provide the foundation to her stunning sculptures. 

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LINES WITH POWER AND PURPOSE

In an age of memes, satire and political polarization, Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons illustrates historical battles amid politics and popular opinion. It represents a bygone era when printed matter was the status quo and cartoonists were part of the newsroom staff. Featuring fifty-one original editorial cartoons from metropolitan newspapers in the United States, the exhibition spans across two world wars and the great depression. It illustrates discontent with the US government, presidential elections, and daily work-related battles with dualistic intentions: to provide welcomed comic relief as well as shape opinion.

Included in this exhibition are six Pulitzer Prize winners for editorial cartooning, among others. The collection has been culled from the Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma, which has housed the cartoons for more than three decades.

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts

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IN THE artLAB: ONGOING MATTER

Ongoing Matter is a collection of poster designs developed by 11 designers across the United States intended to increase access to, and facilitate engagement with, the Report On the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, more colloquially known as The Mueller Report. The exhibition follows a long history of posters as a medium for empowering citizens at crucial, societal, political, and cultural moments in time. As a non-partisan undertaking, an overarching goal of the designers is to help educate and inspire activism, regardless of political ideology affiliation.

Participating Artists
Rafael Barahona
Anne H Berry
Marie Bourgeois
Mikey Burton
Brian Edlefson
Sarah Edmands Martin
Jordan Kauffman
Andre Murnieks
Kelly Walters

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