For immediate Release
The Cleveland State University Art Gallery
2307 Chester Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114
p: 216.687.2103 or 216.687.9394
Media Contact: Robert Thurmer, Gallery Curator
Julius Lyles Presents:INTERNAL BAGGAGE PROJECT: Part One, Slang’s, Slurs and Derogatory Words
Cleveland, Ohio, July 1-15, 2005 - The Cleveland State University Art Gallery proudly presents a solo exhibition of new photographic work by acclaimed artist Julius M. Lyles III. Colliding Digital Photographic Illustration with multilingual stereotypes and contentious words of homage, IBP: Part 1; Slurs, Slang’s and Derogatory Words explores a deeper understanding of the historical racial divide and how To encourage mental change and viewpoints of disturbing, negative stereotypes through visual documentation and interpretation.
Organized by Curator, Robert Thurmer, this exhibition includes over 130 8x10 digital prints and word concepts of controversial stereotypes.
Julius Lyles will be at The CSU Art Gallery to participate in the IBP Exhibit and Panel Discussion, July 1, 2005 from 5 to 7 pm. IBP Panel Discussion, finally, here’s an opportunity to be a part of this sensitive controversial conversation – a forum where artist, diverse communities come together and discuss future solutions. Join us as Julius Lyles and The CSU Diversity Department discuss his newest body of work, currently on view.
ABOUT THE PROCESS
To visually capture the emotion behind my idea I took facial snap shots of over two hundred family members, friends and strangers. I then distorted them by splitting up the face and putting it back together threw the technology used in the Adobe Photoshop program. I utilized several filters and color adjustments to produce a disturbing almost non-human juxtaposed representation of an identity. The images represent an uncharacteristic deliberate tone. Each image represents an offensive insult, identifying its origin, historical and current uses.
All images are 8x10 inches on archival paper between glass. All images were taken with a Canon Rebel SLR 35 mm camera and Canon Digital Rebel. Negatives were scanned with an Epson Perfection 2450 Photo and manipulated in Adobe Photoshop CS. Various print outputs for effect.
ABOUT JULIUS LYLES
Julius Lyles was born in 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio and still lives and works in the Cleveland area. He began studying art at the youthful age of eleven at Cleveland Institute of Art summer workshops. After high school, he studied Graphic Design at Kent State University from 1983 to 1987. In 2002, he studied Photography under the astuteness of Masume Hayashi at Cleveland State University. His work has been featured at several galleries in Cleveland, OH and has been included in exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., New York and Chicago.
Creating works in painting and Photography, Julius Lyles is one of the most innovative artists of African descent exhibiting. His artistic strategy is innovative, aggressive, colorful, diverse and complex.
The CSU Art Gallery is located at 2307 Chester Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114, between East 25th and east 23rd. Street in the CSU Art Building on the first floor.
The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 6 pm, and from 9am – 5pm on Saturdays. Gallery Openings are until seven or later.
Free to all children, adults, students and seniors.
Phone: 216.687.2103 or 216.371.1861
Web site: www.internalbaggageproject.org
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