@JaniceOCG @MargaretAtwood @AtwoodSociety Dr. David H. Ikard of #IkardGallery stuns w/Afrocentric images. Join Scholar & Artist @blkeducator tonight, Thurs., Jan. 13 at 8 pm ET, “If America Fails?” on TWN, for discussion on democracy in @HandmaidsOnHulu & threats in America.
Dr. David H. Ikard is live tonight at 8 pm ET, for PREMIERE of “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny.” Join us in our journey with this complex scholar and artist, exploring current issues in America’s democracy from a Black perspective. In his own words below, Ikard tells of where he finds inspiration to do art. Tonight he will inspire you, if you will allow. — LMO
WATCH Dr. David H. Ikard, Professor and Chair, African-American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University– LIVE – Thursday, January 13, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when he joins the PREMIERE of “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” in discussion on democracy as seen in The Handmaid’s Tale and threats to America’s system.
“I didn’t know exactly what I was going to create just that I HAD to create.
“Art has always been a part of my life. Not in the romantic way that we often hear artists discuss their work; I do art—which is, of course, a form of creative expression—because I have to do it. It is my lifeblood. Though I reserve the right to create as the spirit moves, my art tends to focus on things that inspire and move me. Which in most cases has something to do with black folks, social justice, self-determination, nature, and the rawness of our collective humanity. My chief inspiration these days comes straight from the motherland. My best friend convinced me about seven years ago to accompany him to South Africa. I agreed and my life was forever changed. South Africa is the hub of creative expression on the continent in large part because many African artists from poorer countries come to South Africa (the second wealthiest country on the continent) to start their careers. My first trip I nearly emptied my checking account purchasing art; the artists spanned from Zimbabwe, and Kenya to Sudan and Zambia. What was most impressive was the dynamic ways in which color was utilized to convey mood and feeling. This was not only true of portraits, but also of landscapes, nature, and abstract paintings. I had never witnessed such a thing. Indeed, I was so moved by the art I saw and purchased that the first thing I did when I arrived back in the U.S. was go straight to my local art store and buy an easel, paint, and stretched canvases. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to create just that I HAD to create. I haven’t looked back since. As for materials, I use both acrylics and oils and I occasionally use wood, cloth, and archival paper for mixed media. My new favorite thing is Arches oil paper because of its incredible texture and the way that it accentuates the colors and textures of oil paints on its surface. It is truly breathtaking. My hope is that you will find something in my collection that will inspire and move you as much as it has inspired and moved me. Thanks in advance for your support!” — David Ikard
“Professor Ikard is Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies. His research and teaching interests include African American Literature, black feminist criticism, hip hop culture, black masculinity and whiteness studies. He is the author/co-author of four books, including Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism (2007), Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post-Racial America (2012), co-authored with Martell Teasley and winner of the Best Scholarly Book Award by DISA in 2013, Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America (2013), and Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (2017). His essays have appeared in African American Review, MELUS, Palimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and Obsidian III.” — Vanderbilt University
David Ikard also has a passion for creating Black art. Inspired largely by the motherland – Africa – and using acrylics, oils, wood, cloth, and archival paper for mixed media, Ikard focuses on creating images that have “something to do with black folks, social justice, self-determination, nature, and the rawness of our collective humanity.” You may see his artwork online at the Ikard Gallery. — If America Fails: The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production
SEE the Artwork | Ikard Gallery: Meet the Artist | by David Ikard