A Review from Rowen Perkins

On January 22, 2020, Indiana University East’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences presented mixed media artist Kevin Harris and his show MMXX: Based on a True Story. The Dayton artist’s powerful body of work addresses challenging subjects such as prejudice and justice. 

The show was comprised of digital prints, cyanotypes, and mixed media pieces, primarily using bold colors and vivid imagery. Harris layers digital photography, handwriting, and repeated images to create his compelling works. Recurring motifs of cherubs, bees, graffiti, and weapons reflect racial prejudice still prevalent in the US today. 

In his portrait entitled Martin, Harris depicts Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. without facial hair and wearing a hoodie, paralleling his unjust death to that of Trayvon Martin. Harris chose a bright red stop sign as a backdrop against racially charged violence.

Harris currently teaches printmaking at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH.

MMXX: Based on a True Story is located in the Meijer Artway during January and February.

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