(Not) Sheep Gallery’s “The Masks we Wear” Delves into the Minds and Accomplishments of Individuals Thriving Outside of Mainstream Society
(An art show intended to draw attention to individuals that exist outside of America’s conservative patriarchal standards)
(Not) Sheep Gallery, located in the Short North at 17 West Russell St., represents artists who are speaking out about social issues and various controversial subjects. From October 2-27nd, it will be hosting a show featuring the works of Paul Richmond. The show will attempt to address the idea of “otherness” and not fitting into the common ideal.
Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. In his role as the Associate Art Director for Dreamspinner Press and their young adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press, he has created over four hundred novel cover illustrations. He is a co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through art. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Paul now lives with his husband Dennis in Monterey, California. He works and teaches at Open Ground Studios in Seaside, California.
(Not) Sheep is a gallery that showcases national and international artists making a statement about politics, race, ethnicity, the environment, women's issues, aging and other cultural and societal issues. It argues that art is meant to be outspoken and uninhibited in its production.
Richmond got the inspiration for these works from a quote by Oscar Wilde, which went as follows: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” However, Richmond twists this narrative a little, applying the mask theory to those who are considered “invisible” by the government rather than to those who are prone to lying, as Wilde seems to have intended. Regarding this, Richmond states: “Masks, often tools for disguise, take on a metaphorical role that connect the models to a greater narrative, engaging a dialogue of identity, otherness, and personal mythology.”