Cameron Spratley: Angel Dust, opens April 5th, 2019 (7-9pm)


Cameron Spratley, The trunk is full the ass is low, collage on paper, 44x30 inches, 2019

Cameron Spratley’s upcoming show, Angel Dust, opens at ADA Gallery on Friday, April 5th (7-9pm).

In his new exhibition of works, Spratley draws from the aesthetics of black culture and references the myriad dangers facing young black men in America. Spratley confronts, and deliberately problematizes, the interpretative gaze, putting the viewer who is unfamiliar with his images into the space of the Other.

Spratley’s new works are dense, immediately gripping, and characteristically layered. Anger and alienation saturate his canvases, whether in the form of abstract rays from a model’s eyes or, more viscerally, the barrels of guns pointed straight at you.

Cameron Spratley, Hope of Deliverance, collage on paper, 30x24 inches, 2018

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Painting in 2016, Spratley attended the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University. His work has been featured in Bunk Notes at Pilot Projects in Philadelphia, Microcosmos: The Politics of the Inner Self at Royco Contemporary at The Shed in Beacon, NY, and in ADA Gallery’s 15 YRS! Everybody In The Pool! Solo exhibitions include Face Stay Numb Like a Terrible Acci
dent at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum in Philadelphia, GHOSTBLOOD at Valet Gallery in Richmond. He has given lectures as a visiting artist at the PAFA Museum and School of Art in Philadelphia and has received both a Teaching Fellowship from Rutgers in 2017 and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship from Yale University in 2015. 

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Angel Dust will be on view at ADA Gallery, April 5 - 27, 2019
228 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220