The artists in show work in a range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography and video and often incorporate into their work found objects. Their uncanny juxtapositions and incongruous depictions of space create a strange sense of beauty in the gaps between expectation and imagination.
Steve Turner Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Efface': Contemporary Practices in Revelation and Subterfuge, curated by Malik Gaines featuring works by William Cordova, Mamadou Modou Dieng, Kianga Ford, Kalup Linzy, Nzuji de Magalhaes, Kianja Strobert, Lauren Woods and Brenna Youngblood.
Efface' brings together the work of eight emerging artists working in diverse media, all of whom reflect the complexity of representation in contemporary art. Like the ballet position efface', which at once conceals and reveals the body, these artists dance elegantly across conventional forms, using them to question meaning, perception, the body and the self, often showing us a little while hiding even more. These artists work in a range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography and video and often incorporate into their work found objects. Their uncanny juxtapositions and incongruous depictions of space create a strange sense of beauty in the gaps between expectation and imagination.
The artists included in Efface' are from diverse backgrounds and live in various American cities. Two are African, one is Afro-Peruvian and five are African American. What they have in common is an experimental approach to aesthetics and identity, as well as recent training from top studio programs in the United States where content and form are considered both practically and theoretically.
Born in Lima, Peru in 1972, William Cordova earned his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and his MFA from Yale University in 2004. He has had solo exhibitions at the Plaines Art Museum, North Dakota, 2001; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada, 2002; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, 2003 and P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York, 2006. Cordova has been included in group exhibitions including Utopia Station at the 49th Venice Biennale, 2003 and Scratch at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 2005. He has also been the recipient of several grants and residencies including a 2004-05 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He lives and works in San Francisco.
Modou Dieng was born in Saint-Louis, Senegal in 1970. Dieng earned his BFA from the Senegal Art School in 1995 and his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. Dieng has had solo exhibitions at IFAN Museum in Dakar, Senegal, 2000; at Pascal Polar gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 2003; Universite' Catholique Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 2003 and Hovercraftproductions Gallery in Portland, Oregon, 2006. Dieng has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the United States, including the Biennale Dak’Art ’02, Dakar, Senegal, 2002; Globalization and the African World at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, 2003; Art Paris, Carroussel du Louvre, Paris, France, 2003 and Here and There, Casa Encendida Museum, Madrid, Spain, 2005. He is based in San Francisco.
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1973, Kianga Ford holds a BA from Georgetown University in 1994; an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003 and is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has had solo exhibitions at Lisa Dent Gallery, San Francisco, and Occidental College, Los Angeles, both in 2005. Ford has been included in group exhibitions including Brown vs. Board of Education at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, 2004 and Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 2005 and has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, and The Brooklyn Institute for Contemporary Art. She will be included in the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. She has collaborated on sound and music projects with composers and performance companies in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Ford is Assistant Professor in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. She is based in Los Angeles and Boston.
Born in Florida in 1977, Kalup Linzy earned his BFA in 2000 and MFA in 2003 from the University of South Florida, Tampa and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2002. Linzy has had solo exhibitions at Le Petit Versailles, New York, 2004; Taxter & Spengemann gallery, New York, 2005; P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art in New York, 2006 and LA>
Nzuji de Magalhaes was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1976. De Magalhaes holds a BFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2000 and an MFA from the University of Southern California in 2002. De Magalhaes’ solo exhibitions include Daqui Dai (From Here to There) at Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2005 and group exhibitions include Fade: African American Artists in Los Angeles (1990-2003) at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, 2004; Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 2005; Grand Opening Art Show at MOAD Museum, San Francisco, 2005; Women of the African Diaspora at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, 2005 and Follow Me: A Fantasy at Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, 2005. She lives and works in Costa Mesa, California.
Born in New York City in 1980, Kianja Strobert received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, 2004 and an MFA from Yale University, 2006. Strobert has participated in numerous group exhibitions including School Days at Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, 2006 and Between the Lines at Daniel Reich’s Project Space at the Hotel Chelsea, 2006. She lives and works in New York.
Lauren Woods was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1979. Woods earned a double BA in Radio, Television & Film and Spanish from the University of North Texas, Denton in 2002, her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and conducted additional study at universities in Puerto Rico and Spain. Woods has participated in numerous screenings and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Asia, including the San Francisco International Women of Color Film Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2006. She is currently developing a site-specific public project with Dallas County, Texas and will have a forthcoming solo exhibition at Swarm Gallery in Oakland, California. She is based in San Francisco.
Born in Riverside in 1979, Brenna Youngblood earned a BFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2002 and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006. Youngblood had a solo exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum, 2006 and has participated in numerous group shows, including Handmade at Wallspace, New York, 2005; Locale at Margo Levin Gallery, Los Angeles, 2006; Gray Korfmann Youngblood at Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, 2006 and Bling, at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 2006. Youngblood lives and works in Los Angeles.
Malik Gaines was born in Visalia, California in 1973. Gaines has contributed writing to numerous publications and to exhibition catalogues for the Studio Museum in Harlem, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the 1st Moscow Biennial, Glenn Ligon at Regen Projects, LA, and others. Gaines has curated exhibitions in Los Angeles including To Be Recycled at Eungie Joo’s Six Months (2003), Fade: 1990-2003, first in the City of LA's series African-American Artists in Los Angeles, at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Luckman Gallery and University Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State LA (2004), Follow Me: A Fantasy at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica (2005), and Kalup Linzy: All My Churen at LA>
Efface' is the third presentation in Steve Turner Gallery’s Guest Curator Series which showcases contemporary art selected by curators from around the world. Each exhibition in this series is accompanied by a full color catalogue with a new essay written by the curator.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 16, 5-7 pm
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