Galería Azur is delighted to present the solo show of our esteemed featured artist, Jon Gilchrist, titled “The Sooner Series.” This captivating exhibition, which opens its doors on October 5, 2023, and graces our gallery until November 5, promises a profound exploration of identity and the relentless pursuit of what truly matters in life.
“The Sooner Series” takes its inspiration from Jon’s formative years, spanning the 7th to 11th grades in school. It was during this transformative period that Jon discovered his identity as a young, black man navigating the complexities of life in the lower middle class. These years, a crucible of self-discovery, have provided the fertile ground from which this remarkable series has sprung.
At its core, “The Sooner Series” conveys the profound notion that, in life, there comes a moment when we must act decisively to accomplish what holds true importance to us. Drawing a poetic parallel with Jon’s roots, we find a profound connection to his birthplace, Oklahoma, known as the “Sooner State.” In 1889, this land was witness to a historic event where individuals surged into central Oklahoma to claim their stake in nearly 2 million acres, opened for settlement by the U.S. government.
What makes this connection truly intriguing is the term “sooners” – a moniker given to those daring souls who ventured into the region before the official land run’s designated starting time, at noon on April 22, 1889. They were the ones who moved ahead of schedule, seizing opportunities with unwavering determination.
In much the same way, Jon’s “The Sooner Series” invites us to contemplate the significance of acting promptly, of taking charge of our destinies, and embracing the important aspects of our lives before they slip away. Through his artistry, he encapsulates the spirit of those who dared to be “sooners” in the land of opportunity, mirroring the tenacity and courage required to claim one’s place in the world.
We invite you to join us in experiencing Jon Gilchrist’s “The Sooner Series” at Galería Azur, where art, identity, and history converge in a tapestry of visual storytelling that is both poetic and profound. This exhibition promises to be a thought-provoking journey into the heart and soul of a remarkable artist.
Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the poetic, artistic, and sophisticated world of “The Sooner Series.” Your presence will be the crowning touch to this remarkable exploration of self and history.
Art Curator and Art Critic. GALERIA AZUR
PHYSICAL & ONLINE EXHIBITION
Jon GIlchrist (United States)
FROM OCT 28 TO NOV 27/2023
FROM SEPT 28 TO OCT 27
FROM AUG 17 TO SEPT 16 /2023
FROM jULY 7 TO AUGUST 5/2023
FROM 25/5 TO 24/6 2023
FROM APR 20 TO MAY 19/2023
FROM MARCH 25 TO APRIL 14 / 2023
FROM FEB 20 TO MAR 20/2023
FROM JAN 12 TO FEB 11 / 2023
FROM DEC 8 TO JAN 2 / 2022-2023