The moment you enter the gallery you understand why this 2019 MFA graduate from Japan is already having a solo exhibition in America.
America’s first African American First couple is depicted by the first two African-American artists to be selected for the feat.
In decelerating the act of looking, they allow us to sense the initial moment of recognition before it passes us by.
In our twenty-four-hour news cycle world, where work and life are blurred and it’s unclear if our time is ever truly ours, we’re all but forced to forget headlines almost as soon as we read them.
Gallery shows to see this month
Not surprisingly, the most captivating moments in the exhibition are those that unite thematic framing with formal kinship.
“Flim-Flam” refers to a con. And while the show could be a very oblique reference to the culture of conspiracy that has exploded over the past year, it seems more likely to be an inessential bit of wordplay.
“Imagined Spaces” is moving because it reminds us of the interior spaces that sequestered us during the pandemic. Or how we discovered the outdoors.
Each object in “Papi” stands as evidence that the digital and physical landscapes we currently occupy are filled with ghosts.
In “We forgot the moon while holding up the sun,” we witness a return to the self, a more personal reckoning of sorts, that has come to the artist at a time where public spaces are devoid of publics and the private has returned to being sanctuary.