Saturday, November 18, 2017

'The Okiest Doke', 2017 by Janiva Ellis

[oil on canvas; 40 × 30 inches (101.60 × 76.20 cm)]


'At Arm’s Length', 2017 by Philemona Williamson

[oil on canvas]


'YIELD: Poems and Drawin's' Brandon Drew Holmes @ Club Pro Club [LOS ANGELES/USA]

I. Installation View
II. Installation View
III. Installation View
IV. Installation View
V. What Baldwin said about anger, 2017
VI. I am what I am, and what I am is..., 2017
V. "Making my way downtown", 2017
VI. Two Sets of White Girls Were Given Black Dolls and Reacted Oppositely. Here's Why, 2017
VII. Tiana, 2017
VIII. Relisha Rudd. Still Missing., 2017
IX. 10 Games and Toys That Black Slave Children Used When Growing Up, 2017
X. "The Green Book was a travel manual to help aid Black people to travel safely across North America." (La Porscha), 2017
XI. "Being IRL isn't fun if you're afraid of being killed for being IRL." (Sarah Gail + Ei Jane), 2017
XII. "If the aliens visit me while Im in the desert, Ima tell em about white people." (Dove + Jasmine), 2017
XIII. My Thoughts on America #1, 2017


Brandon Drew Holmes

I. For Aria, 2017 [Decayed Cotton Flower in Ziplock with Hair Clip]
II. My Thoughts on America #2, 2017 [Ink & pencil on paper]
III. For Kenya, 2017 [Ink & pencil, with stickers on paper]
IV. For Winslow, 2017 [Ink & pencil, with stickers on paper]

Hamishi Farah


Alake Shilling

I. Bird of paradise, 2017
II. I Spy a Spider, 2017


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fictions @ Studio Museum in Harlem [NYC/USA]

Fictions is a survey of recent work by nineteen emerging artists of African descent who live and work across the United States. The artists in the exhibition engage with a variety of media—including video, photography, drawing and sculpture—with some combining multiple artistic practices to create large-scale installations. The works in Fictions investigate questions at the core of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s mission to be the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally, and for work inspired by black culture. They draw inspiration from diverse sources—such as everyday objects, childhood memories, current and historic events, and the body—often creating parallel or alternate narratives that complicate fact, fiction and memory. 

The exhibition is the fifth in a series of emerging artist exhibitions presented by the Studio Museum, following Freestyle (2001), Frequency(2005–06), Flow (2008) and Fore (2012–13). Like its predecessors, Fictions illustrates the diversity and complexity of artistic practices by artists of African descent. Tracing the artistic developments since ForeFictions emphasizes the development of narrative content in contemporary art over the past five years. From the personal to the political and the everyday to the imagined, Fictions examines the stories that form the foundation of these artists’ practices.

Artists in Fictions
Paul Stephen Benjamin (b. 1966, Chicago, IL; Lives and works in Atlanta, GA)
Krista Clark (b. 1975, Burlington, VT; Lives and works in Atlanta, GA)
Michael Demps (b. 1976, Detroit, MI; Lives and works in New Haven, CT)
Genevieve Gaignard (b. 1981, Orange, MA; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA)
Nikita Gale (b. 1983, Anchorage, AK; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA)
Allison Janae Hamilton (b. 1984, Lexington, KY; Lives and works in New York, NY)
Matthew Angelo Harrison (b. 1989, Detroit, MI; Lives and works in Detroit, MI)
Texas Isaiah (b. 1986, Brooklyn, NY; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA)
Patrick Martinez (b. 1980, Los Angeles, CA; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA)
Walter Price (b. 1989, Macon, GA; Lives and works in New York, NY)
Christina Quarles (b. 1985, Chicago, IL; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA)
Deborah Roberts (b. 1962, Austin, TX; Lives and works in Austin, TX)
Sherrill Roland (b. 1984, Asheville, NC; Lives and works in Morrisville, NC)
Amy Sherald (b. 1973, Columbus, GA; Lives and works in Baltimore, MD)
Devan Shimoyama (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA; Lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA)
Sable Elyse Smith (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA; Lives and works in Richmond, VA)
Maya Stovall (b. 1982, Detroit, MI; Lives and works in Detroit, MI)
Jazmin Urrea (b. 1990, Artesia, CA; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA)
Stephanie Williams (b. 1981, Washington, D.C.; Lives and works in Washington, D.C.)
Fictions is organized by Connie H. Choi, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, and Hallie Ringle, Assistant Curator.

IMAGE BY Stephanie J. Williams [Pinoy Ploy (still), 2016]

Friday, August 11, 2017

Jenson Leonard


Delfin Finley

[all oil on canvas]


'Syllogy' @ Veronica [SEATTLE/NYC]

Curated by manuel arturo abreu
July 22 – September 16, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, July 22, 6 – 8pm
Reading by manuel arturo abreu at 7pm

Veronica presents Syllogy – a group show curated by manuel arturo abreu with new works by Aria Dean, Winslow Laroche, Adriana Ramic, and manuel arturo abreu.

Our love’s a complex vintage wine
All rotted leaves and lemon rind
I’d spit you out but now you’re mine

We bit the fruit, it seemed a lie
I’ll never know which way was right
Now side by side we face the night

And I love you
And I love you

We walked the pier and back again
It was the most scared I’ve ever been
You held my hand until the end
And I love you
And I love you

Don’t tell me we’ve got time
The subtle thief of life
It slips away when we pay no mind

We pulled the weeds out til the dawn
Nearly too tired to carry on
Someday we’ll linger in the sun

And I love you
And I love you

(Lyrics by Gaelynn Lea,

Aria Dean (b. 1993) is an artist, curator, and writer based in Los Angeles. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2015 where she co-founded and directed Storage, a gallery and performance space. She is currently the assistant curator of net art at Rhizome. She has shown at Arcadia Missa (London), AA|LA Gallery (LA), As It Stands (LA), 67 Ludlow (NYC), Club Pro (LA), et al. She has been published in Artforum, The New Inquiry, Topical Cream
Magazine, contemptorary, Real Life Mag, and elsewhere.

Winslow Laroche (b. 1989) is an artist from planet Earth.

Adriana Ramić (b. 1989) lives and works in NYC. She has shown at Weekends (Paris), Witte de With (Rotterdam), LUMA Westbau (Zürich), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Kunstpalais (Erlangen, Germany), A plus A Gallery (Venice), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), and elsewhere. She was the artist in residence May – June 2016 at Rupert (Vilnius, Lithuania) and has spoken at the Interactive Design Center at Yale University and the University of the Arts Helsinki.

manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991) is a poet and artist from the Bronx. Currently living and working out of a garage in southeast Portland, they received their BA in Linguistics from Reed College in 2014. They have shown at PNCA Gallery 157 (Portland), AA|LA Gallery (LA), As It Stands (LA), INCA (Seattle), Compliance Division (Portland), et al. They have been published in Rhizome, SFMoMA Open Space, The New Inquiry, Apogee Journal, The Offing,
AQNB, and elsewhere. They co-facilitate home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland with support from a 2016 Precipice Fund grant, and a 2017 Regional Arts and Culture Council grant.

Syllogy is supported in part by Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.

More information is available on our website:


I. -- III. Installation view
IV. manuel arturo abreu
V. Aria Dean
VI. -- VII. Winslow Laroche
VIII. manuel arturo abreu