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.
“In my paintings the topography is layered or blended or found. Colors and edges overlap, shapes are messy. Scars of geography are included as shapes are described out of fluctuating space. There is always some quirky issue of conflict that attracts me to each depicted or imagined location. Property lines run amok, even if underhanded or underpainted. Borders are in flux and transition. We might not see the walls or the tunnels, but the construction lines are always there. We just have to look deeper.”
Three Akers paintings were recently chosen for the upcoming movie, “The Poison Rose,” starring John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, and Brendan Fraser, opening in theaters October, 2019. A solo exhibition, “Scars on the Land,” is scheduled at the Workhouse Arts Center (a former Federal prison) early 2019 in Lorton, VA.