Best Solo Show: Paul Rucker's 'REWIND' at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson

Works included in artist and cellist Paul Rucker’s February show “REWIND” included pieces of paper shot full of holes—the number of holes that punctured the bodies of victims of police—and cello faces, burned and damaged and named after black bodies that endured the same kind of torture. Other works are darkly comic, including colorful fashion-savvy KKK outfits and throw towels adorned with images from lynchings—a way to point out that racism was, and indeed is, fashionable. Meanwhile, a number of installations and animations set to Rucker’s aching cello music provide background on the prison-industrial complex which disproportionately incarcerates black men. Rucker’s work came to Baltimore on the heels of the grand-jury dismissal in the case of Eric Garner and the acquittal of Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown, but it spoke loudest following the death of Freddie Gray when the exhibit was over and Rucker came out to anti-police-brutality protests publicly displaying his visceral art.

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