By Katelynn Dunn
Maps Glover closed his month long residency at the A Creative DC: Brookland studio space with a performance art piece titled “Don’t Talk to the Artist While in Practice” and an open house for fellow artists and supporters. Glover is a DMV local that went to school at the Delaware College of Art and Design. He creates work inspired by human behavior and observation. He visualizes how time affects that behavior and how observation of that behavior alters the viewers perspective. Performance is where he best expresses himself, and it is in this medium that the ideas he has about our personal interactions with our emotions and decisions come to life.
During the residency he created 27 artworks centered on police brutality, media and the speed of life. In the middle of the studio stands an installation, he calls an altar, created for a previous performance series that took place at transformer dc. The installation includes paper airplanes folded, unfolded and refolded by hand that represent the 987 African Americans killed by police this year. Police brutality and black life are subject matters repeatedly examined by Glover and are present throughout all of his work.
A new theme in his work is the checker board pattern which represents the quickness of life. The theme of age is present due to the artist’s recent birthday. Additionally, he uses visuals of news and media in a couple already sold paintings that show TV personalities discussing people’s lives and ultimately misrepresenting them.
Zeni Media Group interview with Maps Glover The Way That You Live: Interview with Maps Glover