December 31, 2020| Update: An online extension of the show is now on view on my site here.
December 1, 2020 | What's an artist to do when the world has changed?
Fellow Brooklyn artists Austance Caroline and Conrad Clifton and I curated a show in the middle of a pandemic to demonstrate that NY isn’t dead, that art is relevant, and that human connection is everything.
Phase IV references NY's phased approach to reopening and represents art created during the Covid-19 pandemic - and a new phase in each of our creative practices:
Austance is building on her sculptural work from her 2019 solo exhibition and revisits her post-apocalyptic gas masks range, made even more timely as we now wear masks everyday.
Electronic music artist Conrad Clifton launches his first photography book, SILENT CITY, with a series of large format prints of photographs taken in 2020 of people and scenes around New York City.
I'm presenting my series Made With American Cotton that explores our relationships with white supremacy, white womanhood, the racial wealth gap and the police state through collage and assemblage of found objects like broken police barricades and fabric scraps. You can watch a short intro to the series below:
You may remember my collage that was part of A.I.R. Gallery's 2020 postcard show. Over the past months I developed this body of work further at the Art Students League with instructors Augustine Boyce Cummings and Mariano del Rosario. Similarly I worked with ASL's Elizabeth Demaray to create multiple pieces of conceptual video art in reaction to the shutdown and restrictions on live performances and personal interactions that called for digital media as an intermediary. I'm particularly excited to screen #6 Feet Apart for the first time, an approximately 20 minute experimental film made by Austance, Conrad and me with music by Derek Muro.
The show is on
Sunday, December 6, 2020, 5pm-10pm
at Gymnopedie, 1139 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221.
You can find more information and RSVP here.
And check out our PHASE IV playlist curated by Conrad Clifton on Spotify!