Alteronce Gumby

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Alteronce Gumby, a 2016 graduate from Yale University School of Art, does performance, ceramic works, and abstract painting. His paintings are composed of lines and angles that are extractions of the head of the iconic Claymation cartoon character Gumby, which shares his family name, the origins of which he knows little. Other aspects of his identity involve his position socially/artistically as a young, black male from a working-class background. However, the artist’s work is not anchored in such identifiers. Though his paintings are a critique on race, identity politics, and social structures, the emphasis is not on race or personal identity alone, but on a transcendence of social identity. Focus is on the reference of color and negotiating the politics in abstraction.

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