Michael Ray Charles: In the Presence of Light
Michael Ray Charles, Denis Van Impe
Hedwig Van Impe, 2022
In this book ‘In the Presence of Light’ Hedwig Van Impe describes how the African-American artist Michael Ray Charles applies the combination of light and darkness as a magic scepter, wielding it to transform the invisible into the visible and to bestow his subject matter with persuasive power. Light draws our attention to the subject and so helps in the conceptualization of the artist’s true purpose: creating a wide range of sensations, perceptions, thoughts and beliefs on racial matters. In Charles’ intimate and supremely human body of work, the thruth is to be found in the light: enlightenment will finally lead to victory.