Professor Andrew Ellis Johnson presents “Assessment,” a solo show at the Elsie B. Rosefsky Memorial Gallery at Binghamton University, State University of New York from January 25 through February 22, 2024. The reception Is January 25 from 4-6 pm with an artist talk at 5pm.
“Assessment” (or antidotal portraits for historical abuse) offers an allegorical accounting of the acquisition and inheritance, plunder and punishment that characterizes American history. Its scenes are charged, and charge more. Episodic entries of violent possession, pervasive oppression, and persistent discrimination fill a visual ledger of an inequitable economy. Depictions both earnest and ironic alternate to create a double accounting. The tally keeps changing with narratives of uneasy purchase. There is no sum total; the balance may never be reconciled.