Frederick Eversley is an influential figure in the history of contemporary art in Postwar Los Angeles whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Reflections of Soul was initially created as part of a sculpture competition for the Harlem State Office lobby before it was acquired into the NYS Harlem Art Collection. In contrast to the majority of his colorful, pearlescent and translucent sculpture, Reflections of Soul has an opaque, black finish that Eversley says was purposeful due to the nature of the sculpture competition:
Black is a word and a color which historically has had principally negative connotations…Recently people, especially black people, have begun to look at black and blackness as being beautiful… The sculpture which I am proposing is a statement in blackness. It is big, black, graceful and beautiful, and will dominate…with dignity.” -Frederick John Eversley, 1973
Title: Reflections of Soul
Artist: Frederick John Eversley (b. 1941)
Medium: plexiglass and wood
Dimensions: 96 x 24 inches
Accession Number: H07.21
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