“They go back to the past, imagining the past,” Brisueño said of the painted boy pieces, which are renditions of himself as a boy. The video series appeared at the Reginald Lewis Museum as part of the Black Male Identity Project—a project that engages multiple partners and participants to overcome the prevailing negative stereotypes of what it means to be a black male.
Brisueño lived in New York and Washington D.C., where his mom was born, before moving to Baltimore. Most of his work is influenced by his childhood experiences with his mother.
Brisueño’s work from the painted boy, and his more recent series, conversations with flowers, combine illustration, acrylic, watercolor, collage, and modeling clay.
“Collage brings together, for me, the paths I have been and where I am going,” he said.
The conversations with flowers series tells a story about communing with the flowers in a garden and what can be learned from them:
“perfume night / with longing, / wishing stars grace / dreams as blooms / hush softly / beloved (beloved) / come”
“As long as I believe in what I want, I want you to believe in it as well,” he said. “Welcome to my garden.”
Works from the painted boy and conversations with flowers will be featured at the Fleckenstein Gallery beginning October 5 in the “Travelin’ Shoes” exhibition along side works by artists Schroeder Cherry and Kylis Winborne. “Cherry’s work focuses on the black porters of the 1930s and 40s while Winborne creates colorful wall illusions,” he said. “Travelin’ Shoes” represents the movement of individuals in space and time.
“We have that freedom—traveling.Each shoe is valid, [whether] gay, black, big man,” Brisueño said.
DETAILS: “Travelin’ Shoes” Exhibition. October 5–November 5, Artist Reception Saturday, October 15, 5-9pm. The Fleckenstein Gallery, 3316 Keswick Rd. 410.366.3669. FleckensteinGallery.com