Art Fact Friday – Tryptic

#ArtFactFriday: Alfred Conteh’s “Blood” Sculpture is identified as a tryptic. Tryptic simply means that there are three pieces that create the whole art piece. Here are a few more art terms you might see when referencing a whole art piece: Diptych means two parts and Polyptychs means many parts.

There are also many layers and symbols in the tryptic “Blood” by Conteh, for example: The hand is gesturing the letter B which is emblematic of today’s piru/blood gangs which originated in California in the 1970’s and now have factions in every state of the union today. Despite their popular reputations as organizations that perpetuate death and destruction, their reputation for organizing and mobilizing black youth to take and make economic gains,  regardless of the risk, is ironically yet tragically admirable. The eye at in the hand has the continent of Africa placed squarely at the center, which is my attempt at imagining the magnitude of power that black youth would possess if black empowerment was the focus instead of the notion of suicidal gang culture.

Art Fact Friday – Gouache

Art Fact Friday: 

ZuCot Gallery Artist Aaron F. Henderson has mastered painting with a material called gouache. This is a tricky material to use because it dries quickly! It was introduced in 1935 as a water based paint with high pigment. The high pigmentation provides colors that are smoother, flatter, more opaque, and more brilliant than other materials such as watercolors or oil.

Come into ZuCot on Saturday from 1-4 to see his Spiritual Series (one of the last chances to see it) produced with gouache paints. Learn more about materials and the art producing/buying process on April 25th by coming to the Art Tasting!



Aaron F. Henderson, “Can’ Help From Cryin’ Somtimes”, Spiritual Series.

Art Fact Friday – Tanner and Clark



#ArtFactFriday : Henry Ossawa Tanner’s “The Banjo Lesson” 1893 (Oil on canvas, 49 by 35 1/2″. Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA.) shows a man teaching a young boy to play the banjo that breaks the stereotypical association of the banjo being played only for the entertainment of white society. Instead, the painting presents to the viewer the practice an instrument as a time to bond and pass on knowledge to the next generation.

In ZuCot our artist E. Richard Clark has a watercolor titled “Banjo Song” that shows a similar scene, but this is of an older gentleman looking up to his instrument in contemplation of new music. 


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