Warren Pope: Red Lines, Blood Lines

February 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Vashon Island Center for the Arts
19600 Vashon Hwy SW
WA 98070

Event Description: In recognition of Black History Month, Vashon Center for the Arts will present “Warren Pope: Blood Lines, Red Lines,” a solo exhibition by West Seattle artist Warren Pope whose powerful work addresses the history of redlining, social injustice and the artist’s African heritage.

“Most of my work is driven by social justice,” Pope said. “This show is about redlining, gentrification and relocation, but I also like to transfer beauty into the place where you look.”

Pope’s art explores matters of systemic inequities. This show is an abstract art exhibition that examines the historical and contemporary realities of redlining (refusing to loan money to people in areas with populations of color), displacement and American slavery trade. He also shows art inspired and in homage to his ancestors in Africa. With a minimalist style, Pope combines three dimensional art with basic visual elements such as lines, shapes, and color to explore redlining history.

That beauty emerges from his unique combination of canvas, wire, steel, banana leaves and wood in his abstract mixed media and contemporary sculpture. Yet his subject matter, social justice and the profoundly unjust practice of redlining pierces the heart.

With an international influence, a socially conscious mentality, a firm view for cultural equity and a dash of forwardness, Warren Pope has crafted an established visual art career inside and outside of the Pacific Northwest. Born in Munich, Germany of a Czech Mother and an African American Father, Warren and his two brothers were often ridiculed and beloved by their communities for their art and outward connection to social equality and justice. Like many military children, Warren was exposed to cultural differences, social customs and awkward experiences of acceptances and domestic indifference. Pope’s father, John Pope, served in the military and for a time was stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington.
Neighborhoods: West of Seattle
Event Types: Arts
Audience: All
Sponsoring Organization: Vashon Center for the Arts
Contact: Lynann Politte
Contact Phone: 2064635131
Contact Email: [email protected]
Site Contact Details: https://vashoncenterforthearts.org/event/visual-art-gallery-exhibition-february/
Pre-Register: No
Cost: Free
Link: https://vashoncenterforthearts.org/event/visual-art-gallery-exhibition-february/