Randy Akers is a visual artist working on Skidaway Island, Georgia. He has shown at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, University of New Mexico’s Harwood Foundation, Philadelphia Art Museum, Anchorage Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Valdosta University Art Museum, Masur Museum of Art, SUNY Genesseo, Florida A&M University, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, LaGrange Art Museum, Ormond Memorial Art Museum, and Maryland Federation of Art among others. Akers received an Arts Residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in 2015, and at Foundation OBRAS, Portugal in 2017.
Gravity, water, paint, scars.
I drive down the road and see a place or a name that triggers an immediate response. These locations are always in rough condition: messy, dirty, rusty and in forms of disrepair. These sites have been either a source of conflict, social unrest, economic despair, or oppression. I make a visual record of those sites. I always have to look at the underbelly of those places and convey it in my work. The primitive scratch marks are the foundation to begin the layout procedure. The applied paint refuses to stay in the lines. Colors bleed, scar, overlap, spread and stain. The marks are strong and expressionistic and gouge the surface. The pigment gets lost in the crevices. The surface clamors for evidence of the human hand. The process is a struggle and can occur over a period of several months, with layers and layers of decisions and paint applications.