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Roscoè B. Thické III’s Debut Solo Exhibit on Pork ‘n’ Beans Projects

Written By Sergy Odiduro
March 10, 2022 at 2:27 PM

Roscoè B. Thické III. from the series Time, 2021. Archival Fine Art Print, Courtesy of the artist

Roscoè B. Thické III’s photography offers raw commentary on life, family and his neighborhood in his first solo exhibit entitled, “ORDER MY STEPS: There are no answers here, move on.”

The exhibit will be on view through May 15 at Oolite Arts on Miami Beach, will delve into the death of his grandmother as well as the impact of the demolition of the Pork N’ Beans project in Liberty City.

Also known as Liberty Square, the oldest public housing project in the southeastern United States, is now being replaced with Liberty City Rising, a mixed use housing development complex.

Thické, who is currently an artist-in-residence at Oolite Arts and received their Ellies Creator award in 2021, said that he is excited to showcase his work.

Roscoè B. Thické III. Down, 2020. Archival Fine Art Print, Courtesy of the artist

“I’m ecstatic to have this opportunity,” he said.

A Miami native, Thické stumbled onto his craft while he was in Korea.

“I was in the military,” Thické explained. “I decided to take some classes and one of those classes was a photography class.”

Since then he uses the power of his lens to focus on elements that others routinely miss. He wants viewers to feel a connection to the color schemes, the layers of his messages, and hopes that the images he reveals will ultimately resonate with his audience.

In many ways, the pieces capture the very essence of life that is Pork N’ Beans.

“I wanted to make sure that we exposed joy inside the projects,” said Thické. “I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t all dark. There’s a lot of love in these communities, a lot of happiness in these communities, and a lot of families in these communities. Almost within itself that’s a radical thing to show.”

Roscoè B. Thické III. Hear No Evil, 2021. Archival Fine Art Print, Courtesy of the artist

In addition to the exhibit, a music and spoken word event will be held on Saturday, April 16 at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood at 7 p.m.

IlluminArts and Oolite Arts, who are collaborating for the fourth time, are presenting Roscoè B. Thické III: Parables at The Light Box.

The free event will showcase storytelling by Thické and poet Arsimmer McCoy and will incorporate Thické’s artwork with musical performances by Whitney Morrison. The program will also feature music by Nina Simone, Terence Blanchard and Jessie Montgomery among others.

Rosie Gordon-Wallace, an arts advocate, founder of the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator and curator for Thické’s solo exhibit, said that the overall message that he wants to convey is clear.

“He wants to communicate with others that this is not just a neighborhood that is seemingly blighted, but that there are families who have joy and families who have authentic lives that actually live there,” said Gordon-Wallace.

“I think he wants to embed in our minds that this is not just a place. This is a place where human beings live, where there is joy, where there is sadness and where there is also legacy and family.”

For complete details on the solo exhibit click here. Tickets for the Roscoè B. Thické III: Parables at The Light Box can be obtained here.

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