Stan Squirewell - Claire Oliver Gallery

Stan Squirewell

“Marginalized communities are often overlooked and omitted from history in general. The history I was taught did not have my ancestry represented. As a child of the hip hop era, born in the 70s, growing up in the 80s and 90s, I look at my work as almost remixing, crate-digging, but my crates are museums, private collections, and historical narratives. I remix my pieces according to my own way of writing history. The main thing I want the viewer to take away is to question what you think you know, what you’ve been told, and what you believe. ”

April 7, 2022 to April 10, 2022

Navy Pier, Chicago IL

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Claire Oliver Gallery is thrilled to announce our return to Chicago for a long-overdue in-person celebration of art. At this inception of EXPO CHICAGO, the Gallery will bring major new works by artists Gio Swaby, Robert Peterson, Adebunmi Gbadebo, and Stan Squirewell. These artists whose practices vary but share a commonality in their desire to reframe the often-politicized Black body.

In addition to these powerful voices the Gallery will present a special exhibition, "The Lost Negatives," the works of photographer Jeffery Henson Scales. Historically significant, culturally cool, and artistically framed, the works transcend the view into the artist's unique vantage point to history. The exhibition features photographs from the 1960s including Henson Scales’ earliest forays as a photographer during the electrifying summer of 1967 when, at age 13, he toured the Midwest to see relatives in Chicago. As a Black teenager, he saw the poverty and oppression of Northern Black communities and when he returned to Oakland, CA became immersed in photographing the milieu of the Black Panther movement in Northern California. These images chart the emergence of his awakening as a documentary photographer as well as a Black man in a pivotal moment in the 20th century that echoes today’s Black Lives Matter movement.

March 25, 2022 to June 11, 2022

Claire Oliver Gallery

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“As a child of the hip hop era, born in the 70s, growing up in the 80s and 90s, I look at my work as almost remixing, crate-digging, but my crates are museums, private collections, and historical narratives,” states Squirewell. “I remix my pieces according to my own way of writing history and who we are as people. My work exists as a veil between the spiritual and real world, it’s a bridge that offers a connection between the two.”

- Stan Squirewell

November 29, 2021 to December 4, 2021

Miami Beach, FL

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CLAIRE OLIVER GALLERY IS PLEASED TO PRESENT POINT OF CONTACT, AT UNTITLED MIAMI
The Four Person Exhibition Will Feature New Works by Gallery Artists
Barbara Earl Thomas and Gio Swaby and Debuting Works by Gallery Newcomers Robert Peterson and Stan Squirewell
On View at Untitled Miami, November 29 – December 4, 2021

Point of Contact features the work of four artists whose practices vary but share commonality in their desire to reframe the often politicized Black body. Featuring figuration across mediums including Thomas’s signature polychrome cut paper, Swaby’s thread line
drawings on textile and polychrome quilt portraits, Peterson’s monumental oil on canvases and Squirewell’s mixed media photo collage, each work presents an opportunity for engagement where the art historical “gaze” is reversed and viewers are met as equals. The four artists use their works as a striking rebuke to white supremacy, eschewing negativity, they uplift by depicting their community in beauty, joy, and power as the ultimate form of resistance

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN – 2022
  • Museum of Fine Art, Boston MA – 2016
  • Smithsonian African American Museum, Washington DC – 2013
  • David C. Driskell Center, College Park, MD – 2010
  • Reginald Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD – 2008

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Who That Is, Claire Oliver Gallery, Harlem NY – 2022
  • To Reclaim, Kavi Gupta, New York NY – 2019
  • And God Said, Rush Philanthropic, New York, NY – 2015
  • Interconnected, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC –2011
  • Kaleidoscope, UMC Art Council, Washington, DC – 2010
  • Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC – 2005
  • The Art of Squirewell, National Visionary Leadership Project, Washington, DC – 2004
  • The 20th Year Celebration, Black Entertainment Television, Washington, DC – 2004

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Expo Chicago, Chicago IL, Claire Oliver Gallery – 2022
  • UNTITLED ART, Miami Beach, Claire Oliver Gallery – 2021
  • Black Voices?Black Microcosm, CFHILL – 2020
  • VOLTA NY 2020, Foley Gallery – 2020
  • Young Artists: One, Fridman Gallery –2020
  • AIPAD, The Photography Show, Steven Kasher Gallery – 2018
  • 100 Works, Curated by Derrick Adams, LatchKey Galery – 2018
  • Spiral, Recoil, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, Delaware – 2017
  • Art on the Vine, Agora Culture, Edgartown, Massachusetts – 2017
  • Process, Newark Print Shop, Newark, New Jersey – 2017
  • Is Separate Ever Equal?, I Street Galleries, Washington, DC – 2017
  • Us + Them =U.S. “Finding Common Ground in a Divided Nation, Joan Hisoaka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center, Washington, DC – 2017
  • ‘Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons,’ Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston, Texas – 2017
  • I found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston, Texas – 2017
  • BRIC Biennial Volume II: Bed Stuy and Crown Heights, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, New York – 2016
  • Artist for Justice, American University Museum, Washington, DC – 2016
  • I found god in myself: The 40 Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls, African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA – 2016
  • Lest We Forget, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, Md – 2016
  • Flux Fair (Marcus Garvey Park), Harlem Flux, New York, NY – 2016
  • Medium Black, Rush Philanthropic, New York, NY – 2016
  • Jamaica Flux: Workspace and Windows, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, New York – 2016
  • Black Matters: A Survey of Contemporary African-American Male Artist, ArtSpace.com/Studio Museum of Harlem, NY – 2015
  • Society of Trinidad and Tobago, Thru Contemporary, Port of Spain, Trinadad – 2015
  • The Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial, The Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University College of Arts & Design, Cambridge, MA – 2015
  • Badass Art Man!, African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA – 2015
  • Sheroes + Womanist, Flash Point Gallery, Washington, DC – 2015
  • Flux Fair, Harlem Flux, New York, NY – 2015
  • Scope Fair, Rush Philanthropic, New York, NY – 2015
  • Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington, DC – 2015
  • Prizm Fair, Miami Basel, Miami, FL – 2014
  • Ceremonies of Dark Men, DCCAH, Washington, DC – 2014
  • Emergence, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD – 2014
  • Black and White, Art in Flux Harlem, New York, NY – 2014
  • Crowns, The Fridge DC, Washington, DC – 2013
  • No Strings Attached (Delusions of Grandeur Collective), 39th Street Gallery, Mt. Rainier, MD – 2013
  • Art in Embassies (Nick Cave Performance), National Portrait Gallery, Wash., DC – 2012
  • Peoples Ping Pong Party, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY – 2012
  • New Works, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC – 2012
  • Ben Hur (Performance), Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC – 2012
  • Untitled, Guichard Gallery, Chicago, IL – 2012
  • Neekid BLK Gurls, Rush Arts, New York, NY – 2012
  • King Me, The Fridge, Washington, DC – 2012
  • Ben Hur (Performance), G-Fine Arts, Washington, DC – 2012
  • Black Creativity, Science and Industry Museum, Chicago, IL – 2012
  • Sacred Reflections, David C Driskell Gallery, College Park, Maryland – 2011
  • Artisan Series, Bombay Sapphire & Rush Arts/ Miami Basel, Miami, FL – 2010
  • Artisan Series, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC – 2010
  • Signs, Symbols & Words, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC – 2010
  • BHME, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA – 2010
  • BHME, Cornerstone Gallery, Washington, DC – 2010
  • Bowie State University, Bowie, MD – 2010
  • Black, DCAC Gallery, Washington, DC – 2009
  • Fotoweek DC, Washington, DC – 2009
  • Transformations: New Directions in Black Art, MICA, Baltimore, MD – 2009
  • Mixed Messages, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC – 2009
  • Manifest Hope, Irvine Contemporary/DC Gallery, Washington, DC – 2009
  • Black Migration: Movements in context, Community and Faith, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa – 2009
  • Transformations, New Directions in Black Art, Gateway Gallery, Baltimore, MD – 2008
  • More Than You Know, Parrish Gallery, DC – 2008
  • Off Color II, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY – 2008
  • Off Color I, Rush Arts Gallery, NYC, NY – 2008
  • Giving Birth to Dreams, AM Radio & Scion House, Baltimore, MD – 2008
  • Free for All, MOCA DC, Washington, DC – 2008
  • Off Color, Diaspora Vibes Gallery, Miami, FL – 2007
  • Anonymous, Flash Point Gallery, Washington, DC – 2007
  • Revisiting the Ancient, Walters Museum, Baltimore, MD – 2007
  • Print Impressions 07, Sowebo Gallery, Baltimore, MD – 2007
  • Art Basel, Logo Gallery (Design District), Miami, FL – 2007
  • New Power Generation, Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA – 2005
  • 30/30 Homage to Inspiration, Duke Ellington Gallery, Washington, DC – 2004
  • Summer of the Cicada, The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC – 2004
  • Windows of My Past, Howard University (Blackburn Center), Washington, DC – 2004
  • 11th Annual Afro-American Artist Exhibition, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George’s County, MD – 2004
  • Art Silver, Martin Luther King Library Gallery, Washington, DC – 2004
  • Why Jazz, Banneker Douglas Museum, Annapolis, MD – 2004

RESIDENCIES

  • Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado – 2016
  • Artist in Residence, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY – 2015
  • Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency – 2013

CURATORIAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Ceremonies of Dark Men, DCCAH-5×5 Projects, Coordinator, Washington, DC – 2014
  • Mixed Messages, International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC, Co-Curated – 2009
  • At Freedom’s Door, Reginald Lewis Museum/Baltimore historical Society, George Ciscle – 2005

AWARDS/GRANTS

  • Jamaica Flux: Workspace and Windows, Jamaica Center for the Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NY – 2015
  • Artist Grant, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC – 2014
  • First Place, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series National Competition – 2013
  • Tom Miller Scholarship for excellence in the Arts, Baltimore, MD – 2007
  • Tom Miller Scholarship for excellence in the Arts, Baltimore, MD – 2006
  • Artist Grant, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC – 2005

ARTIST TALKS

  • Studio Museum of Harlem, “Black Matters: 12 African-American Male Artists” featuring Derrick Adams & Thomas Allen Harris, Moderated by Cheryl R. Riley – 2015
  • TedEx, “Nothing New Under the Sun” The ARC, Washington, DC – 2012
  • Visionary Leadership Project, Panelist featuring Faith Ringgold – 2005

SELECTED PUBLIC JURIES

  • Community Arts Grants, DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities – 2013
  • Seasonal Arts Calendar, (AARP) Association of American Retired Persons – 2005

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • Museum of Fine Art, Boston MA – 2016
  • Smithsonian African American Museum, Washington DC – 2013
  • David C. Driskell Center, College Park, MD – 2010
  • Reginald Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD – 2008

 


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A Renaissance Mix

Stan Squirewell discussed his latest body of works and his debut solo exhibition at the gallery, Who That Is? The talk was led by Asha Linsey singing a selection from composer Ricky Gordon’s “Genius Child: A Cycle of 10 Songs”, words by Langston Hughes.