After a decade in the NBA, all-star athlete Joe Barry Carroll went on to become an investment adviser and an avid patron of the arts. He is the author of two books: “Growing Up In Words and Images,” and “Black American Voices.” And now he has one more addition to his resume: painting.
Carroll’s works are going on display at the Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in an exhibit called “My View from Seven Feet.” The title of the show is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Carroll’s height, but also the artist’s attempt at examining our shared humanity.
Carroll began painting relatively recently by, as he describes it, “jumping into the deep end of the pool.”
“We have something in us that we haven’t explored,” Joe tells “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. “I’m impressed with how much of this was there and I never knew it. Because I literally just started making a painting effort five years ago.”
The exhibit, curated by the Hudgens’ Executive Director Ife Williams, includes Carroll’s autobiographical writings alongside the paintings, creating a narrative which runs through the show.
“I’m always reaching for what the shared experience is,” Carroll says, “because I don’t think that people are that interested in me personally, but they are interested in where our lives intersect and overlap, and that’s what I try to focus on.”
“My View from Seven Feet” runs at the Hudgens Center from Feb. 9 to April 27. There is an opening reception on Saturday at 2 p.m.