Alpha Bruton – July 2015

Holding Glass to the Light, So It Can Shine

Holding Glass to the Light, So It Can Shine

cobalt blue glass

cobalt blue glass

installation view

installation view

Grandmother’s Circle: A Tribute to Mama Crecy and Sallie Alpha
“Holding Glass up to the Light, Where it Can Sing” is an installation about bottle imps – a 3,000 year old Arabic tradition, handed down to Sub-Saharan Africa. Brought by African slaves to America, they appear in Southern yards as bottle trees. It is believed that the bottle can trap bad spirits and that shiny things around the house would attract evil things away from the family. Cobalt blue bottles are coveted because they repelled the evil spirit and trapped night spirits to be destroyed by the rising sun.

This installation is a simulation of a ceremonial purification circle, in which objects and images are selected to serve as cultural mirrors. Alpha Bruton believes that objects in the public sphere serve to communicate and reinforce certain cultural narratives, hierarchies, and social mythologies.

 


In the News

Art on Armitage was named as the second of 5 best window galleries in Chicago by New City News in their end of year edition on Dec 22. Who knew I had competition? I certainly have been at this the longest, since 2003.

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