Richer Than Gold - Room 100 Gallery

The Durham Art Guild presents "Richer Than Gold" featuring new works by DAG's 2017 resident artist Stephen Hayes. You are invited to join us for upcoming public events in celebration of the culminating exhibition of his residency.
2017 Artist in Residence Showcase
December 4, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Artist Talk: Thursday, December 14 from 6:30-7:30pm
3rd Friday Reception: Friday, December 15 from 6:00-9:00pm
December newsletter feature on Stephen's exhibition and residency: LINK HERE
"While working in the Durham Art Guild studio since July, I created a body of artwork that is now on display at Room 100 Gallery titled "Richer Than Gold." This work was inspired by a conversation I had with a young black male in his late teens about himself and his body. We talked about big-picture global impact and how he is a part of a culture and race that has and will define this century. We discussed this role further and how his body is being portrayed in the media. This young man was and still is caught up in that illusion of flash, cars, money, and girls. The illusion that he should be with as many girls that he can and that cars, clothes, and jewelry are the best way to show he is rich or better than someone else. This illusion is often intensified by the media. Instead of trying to help change that narrative, we’d rather show off, stunt, and flaunt what we have. My role at that moment during our conversation was to take him out of that mentality and to encourage him not to obsess over these things, but to want more than what the media portrays him to be. What I saw in this young man was that he was me. In the piece titled "This is Gold" I am telling him that he is gold, even richer than gold, and that if people could bottle up what he has and sell it they would. I'm telling him that everyone wants to be black, but don't want to be black. This body of work explores the 100+ year formula of social illusion which is a cultural war machine of productive programing."   
                                                             -from Stephen Hayes' 2017 Residency Statement
DAG's annual Artist in Residence Program provides professional studio space at Golden Belt Artist Studios for 6 months, a $1,000 stipend, regular support from and access to DAG’s professional resources and networks, and an exhibition in Room 100 Gallery at Golden Belt for one selected artist each year. The next call for residency proposals should go live in early spring 2018.

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