New Harlem Location: Under Construction
We are very happy to announce that the construction phase to build a NEW lifetime home for Claire Oliver Gallery in NYC has begun. This time of transition will offer very exciting exhibition opportunities for our amazing group of artist, check back for more details.
Lauren Fensterstock: Scrying
Scrying, a solo exhibition of new mixed media sculpture by Lauren Fensterstock. The artist's newest works combine chromed and rubberized shell work with mouth blown and cold worked glass, conceptually questioning the current "selfie" obsession and a possible link between this and past social obsessions.
Bisa Butler: Shattered
For Shattered, Bisa Butler interviewed her subjects and their parents to understand their plans and dreams for the future. The children were asked for a cast-off piece of clothing, the fabric of which Butler then incorporates in the quilted portrait of that child, along with recycled traditional African Mud Cloth.
Upending the Narrative @ EXPO Chicago 2019
The two artists featured in Upending the Narrative work slowly and methodically -- almost ritualistically. They create detailed and sumptuous works of art redolent with content and mystery; these works demand to be studied. Equally important to the painstaking “making” is their studio practices exploring the current condition in their own African American communities. Each speaks about the real life versus media portrayal/stereotype of the African American family: grandfather, mother, brother, daughter and the normal if the invisible successful black community.
Adebonmi Gbadebo True Blue works featured @ 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
In this series, I am engaged with concepts around land, memory, and erasure. In “History Paper”, I use beaten cotton linters and human hair collected from black barbershops to form sheets of paper. These papers become abstracted documentations, loaded with genetic histories carried through the hair. Traditionally, cotton linters are used in the papermaking process as a binder but in these pieces, the cotton juxtaposed against the hair, imbue the sheets with various historical and racial references.
I introduced blue into my work after my maternal family traced and located the three plantations our ancestors were forced to work as enslaved Africans. True Blue Plantation harvested Indigo and rice and Lang Syne and Singleton Plantations both harvested cotton. The plantations are located in Fort Mott South Carolina, the furthest being merely six miles away. Singleton was originally owned by US President Martin Van Buren’s Daughter in law, Angelica Singleton and Lang Syne were eventually owned by former US Congressman Langdon Cheves.
Norbert Brunner: Imagine
For his first solo exhibition in the galleries Harlem location Norbert Brunner will premiere his interactive inflatable bubble objects. Confronting each viewer with a personal experience, Brunner wants the viewer to address what is possible and take it on full-force and straight away.
Barbara Earl Thomas: Caught in the Matrix
For her exhibition Caught in the MAtrix, Thomas chose the medium of Tyvek for the symbolic and practical properties of the building material. She describes the piece and the process as an homage to Jacob Lawrence who often referenced African American “builders” in his work. In this these works, you’ll see the bodies descending through space.