THELMAGOLDEN: Pryor was a great, great thinker about race and culture in the twentieth century. Color enters into Glenn’s work in these paintings. It is a rare occurrence but in the case of Pryor, it seems appropriate. These words are hot but they’re also cool.
In his choices around how he takes Pryor’s rhythms and cadences and makes them into visual images, you see what becomes . . . the idea of words as images, the idea of how words become visual.
Glenn’s works that involve text require the viewer to both read and see at the same time. And it makes you realize what very different acts those two things are. To engage with these paintings, of course one wants to read them, literally word by word. But you also want to see them and see the image that these words create.