Mourning/Warning: Tia Blassingame

Posted on Sep 6 by SEASONS Magazine

Image courtesy of the Tia Blassingame (I AM on the press).

Image courtesy of Tia Blassingame (I AM on the press).

Santa Barbara City College’s Atkinson Gallery presents Mourning/Warning, an exhibition by printmaker and book artist Tia Blassingame from September 7-October 12. Blassingame’s work explores the intersection of race, history, and recognition throughout her pieces. As well as creating books that utilize letterpress and concrete poetry to show similarities between the inherent cruelty of slavery along with today’s racism, Blassingame will also debut a new project titled Mourning/Warning. This project will include coastal warning flags using primary colors and replace them with muted browns and blacks to show the relationship of Americans of the African diaspora to maritime travel and the need of alternative sources of communication during emergencies. By doing this, the artist asks, “How do you send a warning call that hatred comes constantly in waves?”

SBCC’s Art Department’s showcase for the visual arts, the Atkinson Gallery, hosts exhibitions of contemporary art featuring international, national, regional and student artists. The Mourning/Warning exhibition begins on Friday, September 7, with a reception for the artist from 5-7 p.m. The artist will return to campus for an artist lecture on Thursday, September 27 at 5 p.m. in the Physical Science Building, Room 101.

All Atkinson Gallery events are free and open to the public. Please visit for Fall 2018 hours.

Jordan Duggan



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