We asked a few @lsu.art students to create responses to pieces on display in #Reflections. Up next: John Alleyne.
As a child growing up on the island of Barbados, John remembers the composition book having omnipresence in his household. Placed on these composition books were stickers of loved characters or superheroes as diverse as Mickey Mouse, Batman, Superman, and Goku from Dragon Ball Z. These characters acted as representations of the children themselves and stood for what they would like to become—strong, fearless, and brave, yet compassionate toward humanity.
In his paintings and sculptures, he depicts replicas of the composition book aesthetic, replacing its generic label, and black and white marble pattern with dreadlock-inspired designs. Typically, the images in his paintings depict African-American and Afro-Caribbean themes. He incorporates the composition book’s universality and strategically places “stickers” of appropriated imagery to depict the concept of the Heroism, to explore representations of Blackness and comment on Black history and identity.
John received his BFA in Digital design from SUNY Potsdam in New York, and is currently pursuing his MFA at Louisiana State University.
See his response to one of Romare Bearden collages later this afternoon.
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