Absolute Relativism

You Should Know by Now by Dave McClinton
43″x72″; digital collage; 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Ivester Contemporary.


Dave McClinton: Absolute Relativism

at Ivester Contemporary in Austin, Texas, USA
5 December 2020-9 January 2021

“Absolute Relativism” is a solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Dave McClinton. The show represents a continuation of the artist’s “Black Life” series, an ongoing project which began in 2015 and aims to illustrate the inner life-cycle of Black people in America. McClinton’s single-edition digital collages focus on the bodies and portraits of Black people embellished with textures of foundational elements, symbols related to trade and status, as well as text from historical documents derived directly from America’s long and lingering history of slavery and white supremacism.

“Absolute Relativism” (installation view) at Ivester Contemporary. Courtesy of the gallery.

The gallery writes, “McClinton’s work boldly initiates and engages with the realities of being Black in America. The artist compels his viewer to acknowledge and empathize the pain inflicted upon Black people over the course of the history of America and also to admire the power, pride, and righteousness shown despite. McClinton illustrates that no matter the realities cast upon their backgrounds and bodies; the figures depicted in his work are defiant, never ashamed.”

(text adapted from the gallery’s press materials)


Ivester Contemporary
Building 2, Suite 107
916 Springdale Road
Austin, Texas 78702 USA
(737) 209-0379

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Saturday, 10AM-4PM


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