Roger Carter is an award-winning visual artist and event coordinator at Gallery Guichard in Chicago. He was introduced to street art as a teenager in the late 1980s, which seeded his dreams to follow in the footsteps of graffiti artists. Carter’s solo exhibit, “Black Heroes,” bridges the gap between urban street art and contemporary abstract expressionism as it honors Black men whose impact is seen and felt in our community.
Rolling out spoke with Carter about his artistic vision for the new exhibit.
Why did you title your solo exhibition “Black Heroes”?
The title symbolizes the people I paint in this body of work. The experiences and traits of a hero are not only the men and women we see in the media but also people we see in our communities daily.
Who were your subjects, and why did you choose them?
The pieces and themes in this exhibit are of men who have a story that is not often told. Some of the men I have never met, but they possess the energy of a hero that should be honored. It is important to get back to the root of leadership, and this is my interpretation of that.
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