Art As Protest: How One Artist Uses Portraits To Confront Injustice
A Chicago artist turns his art into activism in order to honor blackness and protest police brutality.By Sadé Carpenter | October 25, 2016
Artist Ervin A. Johnson's mixed-media portrait series, #InHonor, is his response to police brutality and injustice. His work was featured in a 2016 Summer Alumni Residency exhibition at Columbia College in Chicago.
He describes the work as his own form of protest.
"A lot of my friends got up and went out, and they would always call me and be like, 'Do you wanna go to the march?' And I decided not to go, and I always had an excuse — I was sick, I was tired, something," Johnson said. "And so I decided that I had to do something and that I would best be of service via art."