Through his bronze sculptures and public art installations, Hank Willis Thomas examines history’s repetitions. The Brooklyn-based artist critically considers identity, social justice, and pop culture by visually weaving together the remains of the past that surface in the present day through his modern art pieces.
“Art is a platform where histories meet”he states about his bronze sculptures.
Thomas’s sculptural modern design pieces include a series of hands clenching a barbed wire fence, an oversized hair pick lodged into concrete, and a gleaming basketball balancing on players’ fingertips. No matter the medium, the interdisciplinary artist begins by examining advertisements and archival images and the messages those contain.
“The transfer of a photograph into a three-dimensional expression allows the viewer to delve within a photograph and form an intimate understanding of the ideas it represents. That relationship inspires critical thought about the viewer themselves and the world around them,”he says.
The modern artist defends that history repeats itself, and art is one cultural framework through which we engage with these profound moments, hopefully awakening our consciousness.