'Wonders and Signs' Exhibition Ends Saturday

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Artwork by Perrion HurdThis Saturday is the last day to catch a glimpse of “Wonders and Signs,” an exhibition by Little Rock artist Perrion Hurd.

“We opened this exhibition in February as part of Black History Month. Perrion’s exhibition showcases the vibrant, historical and symbolic culture of the Black experience in our country,” said Christina Shutt, director of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. “His artwork captures moments and emotions in a truly unique and magical way.”

Hurd infuses elements of African American culture into his exhibit through a style he calls “Afrofuturistic Geometric Symbolism.” He uses strong lines, geometric patterns and bold colors to depict the human figure and to touch on themes related to success, love, education, oppression, community and the arts and sciences.

“Wonders and Signs” includes banners displayed outside the museum. Limited edition prints and coloring booksof Hurd’s work are for sale in the museum’s gift shop.

Hurd is an Arkansas native who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.He is inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 1920s, Picasso, Modigliani, Aaron Douglas, the artists of the Harlem Renaissance, Jean Michel Basquiat and Southern folk art. He has also been inspired by Memphis murals and Afrofuturist art on the covers of1970s music albums.

Hurd is a self-taught fine artist, illustrator, muralist and printmaker who is also the owner and operator of HurdWiredStudios in Little Rock. His artwork has been shown throughout the South and internationally. He was selected by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to demonstrate his artistic process in 2018 and 2019.

“It’s been a journey of many years to reach this destination,” Hurd said during his opening reception at MTCC. He said he hopes his artwork inspires other artists to collaborate, create and open dialogues.

Hurd said he encourages visitors to explore MTCC. “What I love about Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is the moment you walk in you feel it is an opportunity to understand Black culture in Arkansas and America.”

“Wonders and Signs” will close Aug. 8. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.






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