Spreading across 20 canvases, ‘I Am A Man’ is a text-based work about identity, history, and belonging by artist @hankwillisthomas. It is also about the experience of playing with language, meaning, and the sound of words.
Regarding the artwork, Thomas has commented that, “I am always influenced by words and how the words we use and the words we choose can affect the way we relate to ourselves and to others. All of these text pieces say I, us, you and me, so it’s speaking directly to the viewer, actually using their voice. When you read it, you kind of embody it on a certain level psychologically.” Shown here is museum visitor @mamadouabousarr contemplating the piece and the phrases.
We invite you to come experience the art by yourself – on view in ‘Embodying the Self’ through May 19.
Hank Willis Thomas, ‘I Am A Man’, 2009. #IAmAMan #HankWillisThomas #TextArt #EmbodyingtheSelf #SmartMuseum #UChicago #UChicagoArts #Onview #Repost