Big Orbit Gallery has opened a new art exhibition by Frederick Wright Jones, entitled “The First Meeting of the National Rifle Association for the Advancement of Colored People – in my Head”, which will be on display at the gallery through April 17.
The exhibition’s unusual title refers to a collection of action figures and puppets that represent current and historical figures who have played a role in the ongoing struggle for racial equality and issues of class inequality and violence. It is intended to represent Jones’ dreams of a solution to gun and other related violence in America’s urban and other communities.
The NRAACP is an organization that seeks to find a “rational yet non-oppressive solution to the harmful effects of gun violence in American’s black community and America at large.” It bills itself as a forum for the political left and right alike, and a way to help groups with differing opinions to come together and discuss issues such as social control, criminality, responsible use of guns, and poverty in America’s cities in respectful and constructive ways.
A 1999 graduate and fine arts major at the University of Pennsylvania, Jones’ work has been featured at exhibitions ranging from New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to Germany. During the 2008-09 academic year, he taught sculpture classes at UB. This exhibition at the Big Orbit Gallery is the result of his work in UB’s MFA program in Visual Studies.