Release date: Jul. 11, 2019
Trinidadian-American artist Gary Logan uses the visual language of abstraction to convey encounters with the sublime and explore challenging dimensions of the human experience. In this conversation with art historian Olubukola Gbadegesin, Logan discusses influences including Taoism and the Romantic tradition in painting, as well as major themes in his work such as humanity’s relationship with the environment, race, and sexuality.
This program was held on Apr. 14, 2019, in the Anheuser-Busch auditorium on the campus of Saint Louis University.
Producer: David Brinker
Videography and editing: Matt Peterson
Gary Logan was born on the island of Trinidad in 1970 and raised in the United States. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University. He currently resides in Miami, Florida, and devotes his time to painting, teaching, and directing a visual arts program at a school for the arts. Along with individual and group exhibitions in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, São Paulo, and South Florida, his artwork has been highlighted in periodicals such as Bostonia magazine, and the literary journals Callaloo and AGNI. In 1999, he and poet Eric McHenry were awarded The Phillip Guston Prize for their artist collaboration featured in AGNI.
Olubukola Gbadegeshin holds a Ph.D. from Emory University. With a focus on the art of the African Diaspora, her research interests include photography, portraiture, transnationalism, cultural politics, and the West African film industry. She has contributed responses, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries to the African Arts journal, H-AfrArts H-Net Reviews, Encyclopedia of African Thought, and Contemporary African Art Since 1980.