The Dittmar Gallery presents “The Story of Ka Makana o’ ka,” an exhibit of works by Chicago-based artist Trotter Alexander until Dec. 7 at the Norris University Center on the Evanston campus.
The mixed-medium series tells the story of a boy from Chicago experiencing the vegetation, people and lifestyles of Hawaii. The work addresses topics such as addiction, attraction, self-hate, racial identity and mental health.
An artist, muralist and brand owner, Alexander is the lead creative director for The Ghetto Flower (TGF), a digital marketing and creative content community. As an artist, he has collaborated on projects with Lurie Children’s Hospital, Ambi Skincare and Family Matters Chicago.
Working in various mediums to advance his artistic narrative, Alexander constantly challenges an established idea by recontextualizing the subject to provide a fresher artistic perspective on topics for audiences to consider.
Alexander’s work has been exhibited at Blue Line Arts and Happy Gallery, and supported by artists such as Hebru Brantley, Raymond A. Thomas and Czr Prz, as well as private art collectors.
An opening reception with the artist will be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dittmar Gallery.
Dittmar Gallery admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays through Sundays, except when a new exhibition is being mounted.