. ‘I’m Trying to Understand the Visual World Around Me’: Watch Fred Wilson Connect His Multi-Racial Family Background Through His Practice « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – Take a stroll through downtown Brooklyn this summer and you’ll encounter an ornate roadblock dead in the middle of Columbus Park plaza. A complex and rather beautiful wrought-iron cage stands in the midst of the walkway, fencing in three elaborate boxes containing busts of Native American, Latinx, and African figures. The installation is the work of artist Fred Wilson—his first large-scale public sculpture ever—and is titled Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds. The work’s name references poet William Blake‘s notion of “mind-forg’d manacles”: the self-imposed constraints that limit one’s growth and creativity.

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