Marlon West Ink Tributes opens August 13, 2022 with the opening reception at 4:00 p.m.
Marlon West of Disney Animation was content to make photo tableaus of action figures as a silly creative outlet between Zoom meetings and housework during Covid lockdown. That came to a crashing halt with the murder of George Floyd, when he started these comic-book-style tributes. He says, “For many of us Black nerds, Marvel’s characters are particularly relatable. They are often hated and hunted by the powers that be. There isn’t a more American form of portraiture than black 'inks’ over white, to honor those that faced this nation’s fear and loathing of the Black body.”