Shaw Osha
Arabesque In Remembrance of Kajieme Powell
2014
Oil and acrylic on paper
11 x 14 in
These eight paintings are based on a cell phone video of a man being killed by police that was available on Youtube. The frames that are painted happen over the couple of minutes in the precarious middle, the arabesque, when the potential flow of events was still undetermined; before the police arrive.
Robert Storr wrote about Richter’s Baader-Meinhof paintings, “In photographs we can see death with a nakedness no other medium affords. But photography does not allow us to contemplate death. Contemplation is akin to what I’m calling enactments that enable reflection.”

Each frame is suspended, as if there could have been a different outcome had it happened on a different day.
-summer 2014
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