“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 New York, New York. Currently a recent graduate from Austin Peay State University with is BFA. He is now a graduate candidate at Columbia University’s School of the Arts receiving his MFA. His work has transformed through his undergraduate to graduate school. Khari’s work is divided between painting, sculpture, and video work. In working in these fields Khari’s focus is on identity, outside of his own identity of race and gender. Khari’s work explores ideas of the soul and the connection all individuals have through bodies of and as water.
I was born on April 26th, 1991 in Milwaukee, WI. I lived in Milwaukee until spring of 2015 and moved to Tennessee, now currently living in New York. 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, while trying to fight gentrification of these areas.
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.