Gate D31 Gallery
Concourse D, Post-security
Near Gate D31
Charles Humes Jr.
March - September 2023
Charles Humes Jr.’s vast body of work across various mediums has focused on chronicling the life, struggles, triumphs, and character of Black people, African Americans, and people of color. Influenced as a young man in the ‘70s and '80s by important cultural movements such as Black is Beautiful and Black Pride, his work follows a rich tradition of former African American artists that expressed the everyday life and conditions of Black people.
This exhibition features work created between 2010 – 2021 that questions and addresses critical economic and societal issues and persistent conditions plaguing inner-city communities. The work in MOTIC is a combination of collage, drawing, and painting that explores the psyche and state of the Black experience in Miami while paying homage to lost lives and historical figures.
MOTIC is an acronym for Matters of the Inner City* (2020-2021), a body of work consisting of over 50 images, some exhibited here, inspired by Humes's determination to bring to light matters such as old age, extreme poverty, racial inequity, homelessness, and the eventual displacement and loss of culture caused by gentrification and urban renewal in his hometown, Liberty City - one of Miami's most significant historically Black neighborhoods.
*Matters of the Inner City is also the name given to the artist's exhibition at The African American Heritage Cultural Arts Center Amadlozi Gallery in Miami, Florida (December 16, 2021 – February 22, 2022) and curated by Donnamarie Baptiste, with funding by The Ellies, Miami's visual arts awards presented by Oolite Arts.