Listen: Mark Steven Greenfield on “The Charlotte Observer”

Artist-in-Residence Mark Steven Greenfield got to know Charlotte in a very real way during his Fall 2016 residency here at McColl Center.

“One of the things I started to realize was that there’s this incredible disparity between rich and poor here,” says the Los Angeles-based artist, who started his residency here in August. “In the case of the poor, the affluence of the rich is up in their face every day.”

Then, when Keith Lamont Scott was killed by a Charlotte police officer on September 20, 2016, the subsequent protests inspired Greenfield to create.

Mark Steven Greenfield, The Charlotte Observer, 2016, Acrylic ink and paint, ink on duralar, 50" x 40”

Through his artwork titled The Charlotte Observer, created during his residency and just after the protests, Greenfield gives a voice – or, in this case, a megaphone – to those who need one amongst the chaos and uncertainty that is Charlotte in 2016.

See this and more of Mark Steven Greenfield’s work on view now through January 7, 2017 on the second floor gallery here at McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Gallery hours are Tuesday + Wednesday 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday 10 AM to 9 PM, and Friday + Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free.