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"Fly Away"

R.D. Rucker's avatar R.D. Rucker

My latest work is a series of drawings titled “Fly Away.” It compares the life of some thing many of us see everyday -- the rock pigeon -- to the identity and, in many ways, the stereotype of black men in America. Europeans introduced pigeons to North America in the 1600s. The rock pigeon doesn't migrate but is considered a strong flyer and is commonly found in American cities, populating the streets. National Geographic described the rock pigeon as being gregarious and forming large flocks; it feeds on handouts and grains during the day. The pigeon, when taken away from its environment, usually returns home. These images I’ve created speak to black men and why we often don't fly (achieve) even though we have the ability to go far beyond our circumstances. It paints a picture of how the somewhat negative environment becomes a comfortable condition and not simply a momentary station in life. I WILL BE DISPLAYING 3 OF DRAWINGS FROM THE SERIES. .

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: graphite
  • Width: 30in
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 30in