If everything is as it should be, a child believes that anything is possible--that his towel cape can save him from a bed-to-floor fall, and that his drawing of a man with one arm four sizes bigger than the other is the start of artistic greatness. And if the child believes, well, then it is so. But sometimes a childhood doesn't provide room for fun or fantasy...or wide-eyed belief. Underoos are outgrown before they're received and toys are replaced with trials. Atlanta's Fahama Pecou revisits younger years via his exhibition of paintings, HARD 2 DEATH: Second Childhood. The works feature Pecou in children's clothing and "posturing" and address what he finds to be a common longing in black male culture: recapturing "a misplaced or never fully realized childhood." See the powerful pieces, as well as Stephen Lapthisophon's Spelling Lesson and Joshua Saunders' Juvenile Intention Center, at Conduit Gallery, 1626 C Hi Line Drive, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through February 12. Call 214-939-0064 or visit conduitgallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Jan. 8. Continues through Feb. 12, 2011