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Artist uses traditional medium to tackle tough topics

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Artist Ben Blount uses traditional book arts to tackle difficult topics like racism. His work is the subject of a gallery exhibit opening in Evanston next month.

Gallery owner and podcaster Lisa Degliantoni speaks with him in the latest edition of “The Lisa D Show” podcast.

Blount discusses his background as an artist and how his work examines the notions of race and culture we encounter growing up in the United States.

Shared through reimagined learning tools and remembered narratives, this work explores how we collect these formative ideas about identity and commit them to memory. This collection of work includes letterpress prints, handmade books, and various interactive elements.

“Recollection” opens Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m. at 1100 Florence Ave. Artist talk with Ben Blount Feb. 13, 3-5 p.m.

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