A research in contradictions, Arduous Sweet underscores the wrestle of preservation. With a tough exterior and a smooth coronary heart, Brian “Dovie” Golden pertains to the candy deal with, calling consideration to the interior strife brought on by human duality. Thinkspace Projects continues their ongoing relationship with the visible artist, presenting their fourth solo present collectively, and the biggest thus far for each the artist himself and the partnership. Unising portray and drawing to raised perceive problems with identification, race, gender, and psychological well being, the Chicago-based African American up to date artist makes an attempt to reconcile the tough realities of life.
Golden wields thought-provoking, emotionally-charged portraiture and summary line sketches as a software for facilitation dialog, inviting others to look at advanced and even uncomfortable subjects. His imagery is private, incorporating realism amongst cartoonish inclusions starting from angels to devils, ropes to ribbons, claws that cling, and bared enamel, every in pursuit of a balanced composition.
On this explicit assortment, Golden presents the world by way of his personal eyes. Typically taught to “toughen up” and “be a person,” the present is a mirrored image of the artist’s private experiences as a Black man navigating feelings, household, religion and life. His childhood love of drawing shines by way of in popular culture components and vibrant colours. Nodding to each pop artwork and photorealism, Golden presents one thing contemporary to the brand new up to date artwork scene
About Brian “Dovie” Golden
Brian Dovie Golden is a visible artist who makes use of portray and drawing as an introspective software for understanding problems with identification, race, gender and psychological well being, in addition to an try to reconcile the tough realities of life. His imagery is private, incorporating realism by way of portraiture with cartoon fashion inclusions. Golden was born and raised in Chicago and studied Graphic Design/Multimedia Manufacturing on the Worldwide Academy of Design and Know-how, incomes his BFA in 2007. He has exhibited at varied galleries together with Thinkspace Gallery, Elephant Room Gallery, Vertical Gallery and Line Dot. Golden was awarded 1st Place on the Black Creativity Expo on the Museum of Science & Trade in Chicago in 2018 for his portray “Guarantees… Guarantees”. He presently lives and works within the Chicago-land space, persevering with to increase his physique of labor by way of exhibitions, commissions and initiatives.