The Seasons - Summer (Primary Title)

Michi Meko, American, born 1974 (Artist)

Acrylic, aerosol, graphite, gold leaf, latex and oil pastel Light levels: Not to exceed 10 footcandles (100 lux)
Overall: 170 × 98 × 84 in. (431.8 × 248.92 × 213.36 cm)
14’ 2” x 8’ 2” x 7"

“I always, in some ways, try to make a connection with land, but in some ways you feel detached from it. Because a lot of spaces, especially wilderness spaces, don’t seem that inviting to black bodies.” —Micho Meko

Atlanta-based artist Michi Meko is an avid fisherman and camping enthusiast. As an artist, he draws upon his deep connection to nature in his practice. His works frequently address Black bodies within nature and the wilderness, and his use of the color black extends toward the complex framing of race. Created as part of a series representing the four seasons, Summer captures a southern summer-night sky illuminated by lightning bugs. Meko explores the use of materials and attempts to eliminate the brush. In this case, the lightning bugs were applied in a rhythmic fashion directly from the paint tube.

Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment and The Doris Glisson Memorial Fund
"PROJECT," Temporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, 2019
"The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse," Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 5/9/2021 - 9/8/2021

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