Colorful, large-scale photography portraits and gravity-defying wooden sculptures come to Krasl Art Center

If the winter blues have you down, Krasl Art Center is ready to inject vibrancy into to your routine! Dex R. Jones: Storied Portraits features 20 colorful, large-scale photographs filled with vibrant and stylish models highlighting his passion for showcasing strong subjects. In the artlab gallery, sculptor Barbara Cooper displays wooden forms inspired by the ability of nature. These exhibitions will be on view March 13 – May 31 and offer several unique opportunities for the public to interact with the artists and learn about the work on view.

Influenced by the cultural richness of his Caribbean heritage and Pan-African studies, Jones unwaveringly removes the veil of self-conscious inhibition by eliminating preconceived notions of beauty. Instead, he masterfully reveals true splendor and regality, even amidst vulnerability. Jones relentlessly pushes the characterization of beauty not often seen. Encompassing a mixture of texture, hues, flesh and heavy contrast in his editorial photography, his expertise in justly capturing women of vast shades is indicative of his strong matriarchal upbringing. Jones is driven by an infectious passion that is distinctly exposed in the strong subjects he portrays.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jones works on artistic projects, editorial assignments and creative collaborations in both photography and film. Storied Portraits is Jones’ first solo show outside of New York and features 20 images produced in large-scale, further enhancing the vibrancy, strength and appeal of his artwork.

Chicago-based sculptor Barbara Cooper uses wood, books and glue to create elegantly structured artworks. Using nature as her starting point, the artist is inspired by the stresses and obstacles nature confronts. These evolutions in growth and form provide the foundation to her stunning sculptures.

Interested in viewing these exhibitions with your group or organization? Docent-led tours are available for schools and special interest groups. School groups can sign up for KAC’s Understand Art tours, which include a 45-minute gallery tour and a 45-minute hands-on art lesson with a trained docent. Contact the Education Department at 269.983.0271 or email to book your tour today!