“I’ve been trying to convince my shadow that I’m someone worth following. — Rudy Francisco, My Honest Poem
Khari Turner (b. 1991) is an American artist that is living and working in Clarksville, Tennessee. Currently an senior undergraduate student at Austin Peay State University. His work focuses around the umbrella that is Identity, specifically of African American, Black, identity. As the artist has grown the work has evolved from a precise view of technical skills to an observation and exploration into the lens of blackness as an act and a word. The artist sees blackness as being held inside a container, a container full of , you shouldn’t be here’s, can you even do that’s, and when did black people become this. The artist aim is to break those boundaries and expose the reality, the limitless.
Khari Turner born on April 26th, 1991 in Milwaukee, WI. I lived in Milwaukee until spring of 2015 and moved to Tennessee to attend Austin Peay State University to join the cheerleading team and pursue my passion in fine arts. I was raised by a single mother and my grandparents for much of my life. At the age of 8 I took an interest in art from school peers and much from my grandfather. Growing up I was in many programs, the most important being a nonprofit called Lake Valley Camp, later working with them as Art Director. Through the efforts of this camp my goal is to start an organization that specializes in giving back efforts to young artist and creating murals in low income environments to promote community health, pride, and clean neighborhoods.
My work has taken on many forms and continues to develop into a multitude of message, the journey is centered around identity and what that encapsulates as human being. This covers heritage, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The most important part of this process and these pieces is that you as a viewer create your own emotion around the piece and that you determine how it is you want to perceive the information given. This is not a show about a culture to create a discussion about race but a show to have a discussion around beauty and the human experience. Each of the paintings are made with either a combination of spray paint, acrylic paint, and oil paint.