The Fenix Fayetteville Gallery will be showcasing a compelling, challenging exhibition throughout the month of November, entitled Consuming Culture. This downtown gallery and studio located steps off of the north side of the historic Fayetteville Square is home to a vibrant member community of artists from all disciplines whose work adheres to high artistic standards. With each special exhibition, member artists typically show their own works that respond broadly to the theme of the particular show.

Interdisciplinary artist Cory Perry will have his work featured in the Consuming Culture exhibition. The concept of the show centers on the definition of “consuming,” the action of taking in something—filling the mind and body with a particular substance. In this case the substance is “culture,” to include identity politics, class, consumerism or capitalism. Perry’s art, along with that of other contributing artists, investigates the intersection between all of these things, as well as white supremacy and Black affirmation, gender identity and religion.

Cory Perry is based in Northwest Arkansas and received his training from the University of Arkansas School of Art. He is working now to build a body of work to evoke experiences of Code-switching, a method of changing appearance and mannerisms to navigate and survive in questionable environments. Research for this project has led him to travel in the U.S. and abroad.

Perry says, “The purpose of my work is to disrupt and destabilize the hegemonic Western gaze/perception of my identity and experiences as a Black African-American member of the LGBTQAI+ community. I do this by investigating the nuances of my own identity by examining the intersectionality of history, identity politics, and pop-culture. In addition, due to my research in Pan-Africanism, sexuality, spirituality, and Afro-futurism, I am able to conceptualize sacred “power” objects and paintings that promote healing and catharsis. Presented in this exhibition is a body of work reflecting my research of crafting in Ghanaian and African- American culture. The work is questioning the relationship between consumer and capitalism and their impact on culture production and development.”

Fenix Gallery invites the public to attend a special opening reception to celebrate Consuming Culture on Thursday, November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Fenix Fayetteville is located at 16 West Center Street. Entry is free of charge.

Exhibition dates: November 6 – 30, 2019
Hours: Wednesday through Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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