Nov. 6-30, reception 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.
Fayetteville artist Cory D. Perry is concerned with the way people change the way they present themselves to exist in the culture in which they find themselves. He views such code-switching as a way to adapt and survive; his mixed-media work at the Fenix Artists Collective explores his own identity as an LGBTQ African-American and observes Western cultural appropriation.
According to the gallery, Perry paints on wax print fabric and burlap grain sacks “as a critique of global capitalism and its effects on culture”: Though the fabric is in traditional West African patterns, it’s printed in China, supplanting traditional artisanal products, like woven kente cloth, with cheaper material.
Perry is a graduate of the UA School of Art, where he is a post-bac studying sculpture and museum research. He received the Black Apple Award from Idle Class magazine in 2018 and in 2019 was awarded a Windgate Fellowship for travel to Ghana to research the art of crafting beads and weaving.
Fenix artists will also have work on exhibit responding to the “Consuming Culture” theme of identity, both expression and repression. A reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7, Fayetteville’s First Thursday after-hours event.