The video White Boy Can’t Dream is part of a series of work called The Unbearable Whiteness of Being. This body of work the representations of whiteness in art and popular culture. Whites in western culture have been able to control their representation more than any other group. Through this ability, whites have been able to eliminate the markings of race by eliminating the labeling of whiteness in language, allowing whiteness to be a process, not a thing. This video uses smoke as a metaphor for whiteness. It consumes everything while also being nothing. This work allows for the creation of new myths while dissecting and disposing of the old myths. All of society in general has something to gain from the examination of whiteness through the good and the bad, the old and the new.
White Boys Can’t Dream – TRT 5:00 mins.
Joe Small is a visual artist that uses photography, video, sculpture, and text. He has a BS in Photography from Drexel University and is an MFA candidate in Photography and Video at the University of Notre Dame. His work is currently part of Catherine Edelman Gallery’s The Chicago Project and he received the Society for Photographic Education’s Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography in 2009. His photographs are in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Permanent Collection, Center for Fine Art Photography’s Collection, and various private collections. His work has been exhibited at many institutions including Woodmere Art Museum, South Bend Museum of Art, and The Perkins Center for the Arts.
Joe Small – Alexandria VA