The Negro Clocks is an amassing of more than one dozen handcrafted constructions from conceptual artist John John that depicts our nation's sordid history (and infamy) with racism. The clocks (designed as a series from 1985 to 2000) are adorned in old photographs, impastos, magazine and newspaper clippings, and other found artifacts and dissects the notions of race and identity in ideologies in political, social, and religious connotations. The clocks do not tell time, rather they represent time and display the insanity of racism both on their surfaces and in their kinetic inner-mechanisms. The question of identity is a recurring theme the Negro Clocks challenges its audience. This is most noted by the fact that John John is a white, homosexual male channeling his own life's experiences with racism and intolerance - from growing up a persecuted gay man amid the nation's civil rights movement to the stoning he received from a group of African American youths the night of the verdict in the Rodney King case in 1993. "A lot in the Negro Clocks point to the absurdity of racism," says John John. "Racism is universal. I am a member of the human race. We all are. I find the color of skin completely irrelevant. This is from my heart."
Jennifer Norback Fine Art is one of the premier galleries located in Chicago’s River North arts district. Founded in 2008, JNFA specializes in representing artists from Chicago and Paris with a focus on contemporary art that recognizes the long humanist tradition of art, but is also responsive to the contemporary world. JNFA believes in creating a genuine, interactive experience for its visitors and does so through regular exhibitions, workshops, tours, lectures, musical performances, and more.