moniquemeloche presents Amy Sherald and Brendan Fernandes
For Armory Week 2017, Chicago-based gallery moniquemeloche returns to 2 Rivington with a pop-up exhibition featuring new works by painter Amy Sherald and prints by performance artist Brendan Fernandes.
Baltimore-based Amy Sherald (American, b. 1973) creates arresting portraits of imagined figures based on real-life interactions, subverting and exploring notions of black identity through her unique sense of visual culture, color and line. The new works on view present a continuation of these otherworldly figures, whose charged presence is only emphasized by the current political climate. Sherald received her MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2004). The first women to be awarded the Outwin Boocher Portrait Competition at the National Gallery, Washington (2016), Sherald’s work is currently on view in the touring exhibition, The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today, at Tacoma Art Museum. Other notable group exhibitions include Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC (2016); currently on view at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY (2017). Her work is included in the public collections of the United States Embassy, Dakar, Senegal; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Smithsonian Museum of African American Art and Culture, Washington, D.C.; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Rooted in his experience of classical dance, Chicago- and New York-based Brendan Fernandes (Canadian, b. 1979, Kenya) creates works across a variety of media that explore unexpected clashes of culture. In his new series of unique prints, Fernandes combines images of ballet dancers’ limbs with images of ethnographic objects culled from Western museum collections, offering a visual commentary on post-colonial notions of culture and fine art in the West. A book signing for the artist will take place on Saturday, March 4, 1 to 3pm, on the occasion of his latest monograph, Lost Bodies, in conjunction with Kickstarter. Fernandes received his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005). His work is currently on view in his solo show Lost Bodies, a traveling exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, which originated at the Agnes Etherton Art Centre at Queen’s University, Ontario (2016). Fernandes is currently artist in residence and faculty in the Department of Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University, Chicago. His new performance project, Clean Labor, will take place during The Armory Show VIP Reception and at The Wythe Hotel on March 5.
March 2-5 / 11am to 6pm
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3 / 6-9pm
Brendan Fernandes Book Signing (in conjunction with Kickstarter): Saturday, March 4, 1 to 3pm
Armory Week LES Sunday Morning + Brunch Hours: Sunday, March 5, 10am-noon
2 Rivington St
Image: Image courtesy of the artist and moniquemeloche, Chicago