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In POWER! POWER! POWER! Jeffrey Gibson proclaims and celebrates diversity and inclusivity, elevating a wide range of colors with the less than subtle exclusion of “white” from the list. Gibson often includes a wide spectrum of colors in his work and he smartly uses color as a conceptual element in addition to the more obvious visual effect. In his work rainbows and blends of colors resist binaries that inherently set things up in opposition to one another.
The colorful stripes in the background of this print were printed from thirteen woodblocks in two runs, or layers. The remainder of the image was then screen printed, including the pearlescent black shapes that make up the background pattern and the text. A final layer of gloss varnish was also screen printed just over the “POWER!” text, making those words pop off the background even a bit more than the rest of the printed surface.