Many Kin: Sol’Sax on educating through his artworks and reaching a wide audience


I’ve loved it here at Materials for the Arts the opportunity has been amazing the things that I see coming through here are always shocking and amazing and quite the inspiration. To be able to pull something that was in front of everyone to see and be able to show it to someone to me that’s the most powerful thing in the world.

I’m always thinking about the level of understanding of my audience. If a 6 or 7-year-old can get it following popular culture that’s where I want to roll out the red carpet, where I really want to bring them in. And then once you get to the title if you are a teenager you should get the title and then once you understand the title if you have learned anything about Yoruba or African Culture then all the other meanings start to come. So yes, I want to educate, but I don’t want to leave any bridge un-spanned.

I want every single audience to have a foothold in the images that I present. That they can recognize this and that recognition leads to the next level of understanding of the work. I look for many, many meanings to one word; I look for many many readings of one work.

Sol’Sax solo exhibition Sol’Sain’t Many Kin: All Sol’Skin Is A Free Kin is on view now through April 10, Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm in the MFTA Gallery located at 33-00 Northern Blvd, 3rd Floor, LIC.