Hampton Boyer and Matthew E. White, Only in America, 2022 / video still / Courtesy of the artists
Hampton Boyer: Colors of Us
Apr 4 – Oct 27, 2024
Chrysler Museum of Art
Norfolk, USA

As an innovative, self-taught artist Hampton Boyer (American, born 1988) has exhibited locally and internationally, developing his singular style using bold colors and complex textures across painting, collage, and drawing. Pure color is used in dramatic effect in the short film Only in America, marking Boyer’s directorial debut.

In collaboration with recording artist Matthew E. White, the two Virginia-based artists explore police brutality and the complexities of systemic racism. Composed into five movements, Only In America’s soundtrack is written and produced by White, while its lyrics and vocals feature visual and performing artist Lonnie Holley and the Atlanta-based gospel choir arranger Joseph “JoJo” Clarke. It also features director of photography Stephen Miles. In the exhibition, a selection of Boyer’s two-dimensional works, in dialogue with the video, elicits an emotional response that calls into question how color goes beyond perception to embody unjust structures in our society.

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