Wow that was quick! Excited to share that I will be presenting my thesis work in Wild Seed: Yale Painting and Printmaking MFA Thesis Show alongside some stellar colleagues/co-conspirators/Yaliens of mine. Group 1 reception is Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 6-9 PM and Group 2 reception is Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6-9 PM. Both are at The Green Gallery in Yale School of Art, located at 1156 Chapel St, New Haven, CT. See you there! Exhibition identity courtesy of the infamous Nate Pyper.
Publishing Camp: Queering Dissemination is a two-day event organized by myself and Nate Pyper (GD '18) at Yale School of Art's E.I.K. Gallery. The event explores the idea of publishing and information disseminations as queer and radical acts, and how publics and counter-publics are engaged and confronted. Alongside a curation of digital media artworks by graduate students from Yale Schools of Art, Architecture, Drama, and Music within the gallery space, visual artists Shawne Michaelain Holloway, Nicole Killian, and Rindon Johnson were invited to present their work and to be in dialogue across their specific disciplines, practices and locations. Event identity courtesy of the unstoppable Nate Pyper.
I organized a school-wide after party on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to celebrate the completion of the first week of critiques at the Yale School of Art. The after party was held Partners Cafe, a local gay bar in New Haven, CT. Gif designed by the indelible Nate Pyper.
I will have some juicy monotypes on view at Crushed: Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair. Come through with your dirty self! Check out this feature of the fair in Hyperallergic here.
Kink and Politics: The Ties That Bind @ David Nolan Gallery
I am beyond ecstatic to share that I am showing my work for the first time in New York City in a group show curated by visual artist Wardell Milan. Kink and Politics: The Ties That Bind is at David Nolan Gallery, located at 527 W 29th St, New York, NY 1001. The show is up until July 28, 2017. If you are in NYC this summer, please check it out.
I have two works on paper featured in the second issue of Newspaper. Come celebrate the issue launch event with us!
Viewpoints @ Jenkins Johnson Gallery
I have select works in a phenomenal group show at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The exhibition also includes works by Romare Bearden, Aubrey Williams, McArthur Binion, Cullen Washington, Nate Young, Lavar Monroe, Blessing Ngobeni, and Tony Lewis. More information about the exhibition and the participating artists can be found here.
Black Joy @ Yale School of Art
I double-dipped on the curatorial front this semester, collaborating with three fellow MFA peers to create Black Joy. Black Joy is a 26-hour multi-sensory experience that combines visual art, performance, spoken word, dance, and music. Taking a broad conceptual approach to what Black Joy means, this community event illuminates the multiplicity inherent within the Black Diaspora. I'll be showing some small works on paper at this event. The Facebook event can be found here.
Queering Space @ Yale School of Art
Friday, October 28,2016
Ecstatic to share an event I helped curate this semester alongside eight of my fellow YSA peers. "Bringing together a community of queer art and artists, Queering Space asks the questions: what is a queer perspective and how does queerness meet form? The many propositions put forth by the artists on view refuse to locate those articulations in a fixed position but rather a fluid space of possibility." For more information about the exhibition and a list of the participating curators and artists, click on the link--- Queering Space.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
I was invited to partake in an incredible opportunity to bring my artwork to an international audience this fall. I am beyond excited to share my participation in the fourth iteration of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place the weekend of October 6-9, 2016 at Summerset House in London. I will be showing my work via Jenkins Johnson Gallery. A link to the gallery website can be found here, and a link to view a 360-degree panorama of the gallery booth at the fair can be accessed here. My artist profile on the 1:54 website can be accessed here.
OPP Blog Interview
YALE MFA 2018
I am thrilled to share that I will be pursuing a MFA in Painting/Printmaking at Yale School of Art this fall! Check out my page on the School of Art website here.
Contributing artist for Memphis' first Art CSA
Great news! I am one of five artists participating in Memphis' first ever Art CSA! I am currently making 35 additions of an artwork that will be distributed in "shares" to community members. More information can be found here. Buy a CSA so I can buy a turkey and make more art!
do it @ Crosstown Arts
Thrilled to share that I will be exhibiting and performing alongside other Memphis artists in do it. do it began as a collaboration between international curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Bertrand Lavier and Christian Boltanski. Their collective effort to shift the normative conventions of art exhibitions has resulted with a large catalogue of instructions by over 300 artists and several renditions of do it exhibitions worldwide. I intend to do a live performance at Crosstown Arts on Saturday, March 5th at 6PM. See you then!
April 9 – May 7, 2016
9 to 5, Monday through Saturday
Reception Friday April 8, 4:30 to 7:30 PM
March 4 – April 2, 2016
10 to 6, Tuesday through Saturday
Reception Friday March 4, 6 to 9 PM
Review of Joel Parsons' You Are The Hole
I've got some new writing to share with you all. I wrote a review for Joel Parsons' recent Crosstown Arts exhibition You Are The Hole in the 84th issue of Number. Number is an independent journal of the arts for Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The review is on page twelve of the PDF of the issue, which can be accessed here.
2nd Terrain Biennial in Memphis!
I am one of nine artists participating in the 2nd Terrain Biennial, which has expanded from its founding city of Chicago to various U.S. cities and abroad. My work will remain installed 24/7 from August 23 to September 30. More information can be found here.
Room To Let @ First Congo
A wonderful one-night-only exhibition of new collaborative works with the great D'Angelo Williams at First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young. Come check us out.
Meet Me Where I'm At @ Crosstown Arts
I will be presenting a new mixed media installation and live endurance performance at Crosstown Arts on May 9, 2015. Come through.
Voices of the Turtle @ TOPS
I am in a wonderful group show this winter at TOPS Gallery located in Downtown Memphis. Come check out the only gallery in town sporting a white epoxy floor! More information can be found here.
I'm a 2014 ArtsMemphis ArtsAccelerator Grant recipient!
Wonderful news! I am honored to share that I am one of five artists selected to receive a 2014 ArtsAccelerator Grant by ArtsMemphis! I cannot express how affirming and gratifying receiving this award is. You can check out my grant proposal, as well as the proposals of the four other grantees, here.
New Drawings @ Beige
A new series of hirsute, lumpy, bodily, supple drawings at Beige. There'll also be fun treats and takeaways in Joel's newly acquired vending machine, courtesy of The Pumping Station.
otherwise, @ Beige
I am one of several artists participating in a performance/art exhibition at Beige, a queercentric artspace co-curated by Joel Parsons and Steven McMahon. More information can be found here.
Figurative Art Now @ Shemer Art Center
I'm excited to share that I was selected to exhibit work in a juried figurative art exhibition in Phoenix, AZ! The show was juried by Jerry Schutte, Associate Professor of Visual Art at Arizona State University. If you're in Phoenix during the duration of the exhibition, please check it out. I'm flattered that my drawing was used for the brochure cover!
Shemer Art Center
February 21-March 22, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7-9 PM