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“Age of Reason III,” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 24”, 2016

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Detail of “Age of Reason III,” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 24”, 2016

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“Age of Reason III,” intaglio on silk, 36” x 24”, 2016

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“Age of Reason III,” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 24”, 2016

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“Age of Reason II,” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 24”, 2016

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Detail of “Age of Reason II variation” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 24”, 2016

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“Age of Reason II,” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 24”, 2016

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Detail of “Age of Reason II,” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 24”, 2016

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“Age of Reason I,” copperplate etching, 24" x 18", 2016

“Age of Reason I,"

intaglio on German copperplate paper, 24” X 18”, 2016

“Age of Reason I,” copperplate etching, 24" x 18", 2016
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“Age of Reason II,” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 72”, 2016

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“Age of Reason I,” copperplate etching, 24" x 18", 2016

“Age of Reason I,” intaglio on German etching paper, 36” x 24”, 2016

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“One Day This Kid 1,” 24” x 18”, 2016

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“One Day This Kid II,” 24” x 18”, 2016

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“One Day This Kid III,” 24” x 18”, 2016

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“One Day This Kid IV,” 24” x 18”, 2016

Age of Reason is an ongoing series that identifies the end of a fragment of innocence in a child’s life as he begins to be increasingly aware of racism and the gender-identity pressures of growing up as a black male in the United States. Blue Brains (2015) assembles images of Albert Einstein’s brain, historic engravings, and MRI imaging to investigate anatomical relationships to consciousness and intelligence. The skulls are appropriated from Samuel G. Morton’s Crania Americana, in which he characterizes the different races based on cranial capacity, and argues that the skull size is a measure of intelligence. His theories, as well as the idea of polygenesis (that the races were created as distinct species by God), have impacted the racially hierarchical tendencies present in science and medicine ever since.
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