20th April - 13th May 2018
Artists: Renee Cox, Lina Puerta, Elizabeth Colomba, Pepe Coronado,Virginia Ines Vergara, Leeza Meksin, Jaime Permuth, Stan Squirewell Elaine Reichek and David Shrobe
Whilst broad in selection of mediums and topics, the theme of the show is predominantly geographical and aims to celebrate the creative talent in the vicinity of the gallery, which is located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard (cross street 139th Street), on Harlem’s historic Striver’s Row.
The work of Renee Cox, Puerta, Meksin and Colomba explore the human body in disparate ways. Cox uses her own body, both nude and clothed to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist, and with works such as ‘The Signing’ seeks to re-contextualize American History, whilst Lina Puerta uses a variety of materials to blend the human world with the natural world and examine the relationship between the body and nature. Elizabeth Colomba is a figurative painter who adapts the technical approach and themes of traditional Western portraiture in order to interrupt stereotypical representation of the black body and Leeza Meksin’s works, highlight parallels between conventions of painting, architecture and our bodies.
Harlem Perspectives presents a wealth of artistic mediums.Photography is represented byVirginia InesVergara,whose photographic work embodies meditations on light, perception and proximity and Jaime Permuth, who explores human realities in frank portraits. Pepe Coronado uses the medium of print to signify the entangled relationship between the US and his birth place of the Dominican Republic and Elaine Reichek uses embroidered samplers to address issues of gender, race, culture, power.
David Shrobe and Stan Squirewell work across mixed medias, and where David Shrobe’s work uses recycled materials to explore historical narratives and re-framing everyday matter, Stan Squirewell’s incorporates mythology, sacred geometry and science to tackle themes of race and memory.