Artwork: TELEPHONE CONVERSATION
The individual in the piece "Telephone Conversation" name is Corporal Eugene J. Bullard. Eugene Jacques Bullard, the first African-American combat pilot, was one of 200 Americans who flew for France in World War I. I chose to use his face with the text by Wole Soyinka, because the idea of aerial combat and the aerial linguistic combat (or as Wole phrases it "public hide and speak") that Wole and the landlord engage in during the conversation. Maneuvering around each other, running away, aligning each other in their sights, and committing to an action that cannot be taken back.
“Telephone Conversation” 2007. Dry pigment, transfer lettering on paper.