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I am influenced by collecting cultural and historical ephemera. My work explores the complexities and compounded struggles of Black America’s splinters that are cultivated from holding on tight to the short end of the equality stick. In my art, time and place blur as re-appropriated images of popular culture fluctuate and overlap throughout the focal points in my creative compositions. I create episodic tales of Black culture using juxtaposition, humor and transposed imagery. It is my intention for the viewer to isolate the ridiculous blur that is created when the world moves so fast that we don’t have a chance to pay attention to the details and byproducts of our frivolous movements. My work aims to reduce the speed and capture the generational blur of oppression so that it can be seen at a rate that allows understanding and creates a vision for a new future. 

Billy Colbert  


Gray Books

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