11:Eleven gallery Presents Maurice E. James Jr. WHAT IF?

By Editorial Team on February 22, 2021
Courtesy of 11:Eleven gallery.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27 from 2pm to 6pm

11:Eleven gallery is proud to introduce DC Artist Maurice E. James Jr. in his first solo show WHAT IF?.

His work seeks to intertwine iconic American pop culture references with powerful Black images to positively promote Black Love, Black Beauty and Black Power.  Maurice’s work focuses on portraying the splendor and strength of Black People as well as embodying the importance of Black representation in mainstream pop culture.

As a classic film lover and collector of baseball cards and comic books, Maurice’s art answers questions such as “What if we traded baseball cards of important Black leaders?” “How could Black folklore integrate into comic book culture?” or “What if Black artistic genius was hailed in the light of deity?”  His work strives to create glimpses into a reality in which Black People and Black Culture are one with Pop Culture.

Using digital graphics and merging genres, Maurices work unapologetically manifests a positive new reality which will leave you pondering the question WHAT IF?.

After all, Black history is American History too!

WHAT IF? Programming:

  • Saturday, February 27, 2 – 6pm: OPENING RECEPTION
  • Thursday, March 11, 6.30pm: ARTIST TALK
  • Wednesday – Friday, 1pm – 6.30pm: Weekday gallery hours
  • Saturday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm: Weekend gallery hours

In keeping with CDC and local Covid-19 guidelines, you will be required to wear face coverings throughout events, and while capacity is limited, it will be your personal responsibility to maintain a safe distance from other patrons.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
The work of Maurice E. James Jr. seeks to intertwine iconic American pop culture references with powerful Black images to positively promote Black Love, Black Beauty and Black Power.  Maurice’s work focuses on portraying the splendor and strength of Black People as well as embodying the importance of Black representation in mainstream pop culture.

Growing up as a young man in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia, he collected comic books, baseball cards and watched films that while considered classics, did not prominently feature Black People in the heroic role.

Using digital graphics and merging genres that have not traditionally been combined to recreate well known pop-culture moments, Maurice’s art answers questions such as “What if we traded baseball cards of important Black leaders?”, “How could Black folklore integrate into comic book culture?”, or “What if Black artistic genius was hailed in the light of deity?”.  His work strives to create glimpses into a reality in which Black People and Black Culture are one with Pop Culture.

11:ELEVEN is located at 10 Florida Ave. NW.

Visit www.11elevengallery.com for tickets to either event and for more information about the show, please contact: Nicola Charles at info@11elevengallery.com.