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Kojo Griffin

Miller Block

Atlanta-based artist Kojo Griffin continues his meditation on human bestiality in the fourteen mixed-media paintings and works on paper in his first solo show in Boston, where he grew up. Here the boldly colored backgrounds and mystical calligraphy surrounding his menagerie of animal-headed people and personified rag dolls in the works seen at the 2000 Whitney Biennial were replaced with muted color fields lightly penciled with patterns suggestive of DNA helices and chemical or mechanical diagrams. As before,though, apparently innocent anthropomorphic teddy bears, donkeys, elephants, and button-faced cloth dolls with human bodies portray the darker side of human interactions, casually performing political executions, making time bombs, shredding documents, and engaging in illicit eroticism. Unlike Art Spiegelman’s Maus, in which oppressed and oppressor are signified by specific animal

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