Project For Empty Space is pleased to present PERSONA a solo exhibition of works by Artist in Residence Wardell Milan.
The exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday, September 6th, with a reception from 6 – 8 PM at the PES gallery located at 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ. Wardell Milan is an artist with a poetic penchant for addressing issues of marginality, invisibility, or ‘freakishness’ with a grace and beauty that coaxes the grotesque to become the gorgeous. Wardell Milan’s PERSONA is an exhibition featuring new work by the artist that explores many of the socially inspired themes that frequently recur in the artist’s practice: queerness, peripherality, mental illness, fetish, and capitalistic value systems.
The exhibition features some of Milan’s well known large-scale mixed media drawings from A Series of Inspiring Women (2012- 2016) and various portraits that portray androgyny, queerness, and the beauty of the ambiguous. The show additionally includes an entirely new series of collage works inspired by the photographic work of Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe’s Black Book.
These works on paper directly confront the issues of marginality within the intersectional context of race and sexual identity. Much of PERSONA was created during Milan’s residency at Project For Empty Space, which encourages artists to cultivate discourse around social equality. PERSONA will be on view from Wednesday, September 6th, through Sunday, October 15th, 2017.