In late April, Austin-based photographer, Barry Stone, and New York-based photographer, Lucy Helton began faxing each other an image a day. A form of transmission and exchange, the project created a way to collaborate from home. When they started, the United States was in quarantine, in the throes of the height of Covid19. When it ended, in late May, the country was on the precipice of a revolution, demanding that Black lives matter. It might be difficult, at first, to trace such turbulence in this exchange. Stone’s more defined images of landscapes and fragments of works of art contrast with Helton’s blurred and hazy lines, textures seemingly from some far off planet. Her title list at the end of the exhibition, however, makes clear that each work is named after a headline of the day, indicating the urgency of the moment, the fraught and heightened nature of our daily news.
Through digital compositions and personal essay, artist Alexis Childress addresses the making of her work, the treatment of Black beauty in America, and the joy of self-becoming within a Black matriarchal legacy.