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Date & Time
February 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; no RSVP required. Everyone welcome. Join Event on Vimeo!

In Conversation continues with NYC-based artist Telvin Wallace, who will discuss his recent work and his emerging career as an interdisciplinary artist. Moderated by Durham-based artist William Paul Thomas.

Wallace is a 2019 graduate of North Carolina Central University, where he received a BA in Studio Art with a focus on painting and printmaking. Through painting and portraiture, Wallace explores Black mental health and the human condition. “There is something immortal about portraiture,” shared Wallace in a Sep 2020 Black on Black Project interview with Anthony Patterson. Wallace was born in Warsaw, NC, and is currently based in NYC. He was selected for a Summer 2020 Rubenstein Arts Center residency, which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID 19.

“My work questions the enigmatic connotations of our reality by allowing the audience to peer through my lens and my perception of reality. I have the natural urge to create art from the inside out; to make visible the hidden feelings, attitudes, and functionings of everyday life that are influenced by illnesses or traumatic events.  Without proper treatment, a person’s mental and physical health can fluctuate, causing substantial changes. These changes create a feeling of desolation that not only affects the individual in the composition, but also the world around them. This dystopia is the subject matter of my art.”—Artist Statement

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Anthony Patterson, a Durham-based artist, interviews Telvin Wallace in Sep 2020 for the Black on Black Project.

About In Coversation

This free online public conversation series is presented by Duke Arts and Duke Performances (Fridays at Noon, Jan 29 through April 16). Join faculty-invited visiting artists and artists from Duke Performances virtual Spring 2021 season for behind-the-scenes insights into their work.

Before life moved onto virtual platforms like Zoom, Duke Arts and Duke Performances hosted casual artist talks in Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center and in a variety of Durham community venues like the Pinhook and Cocoa Cinnamon. We miss these opportunities to connect with our audiences and artists, and we hope you’ll join us for this new venture.


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