Open Space Issue 5: Liminality of Form, Guest Editor - Winter 2017
This issue takes on Wilmer Wilson's essay “Five Points on Straight Lines” as a point of departure. We are bound by lines; identities framed by sharp parameters of language, politics, nationhood, history. Arbitrary, often, in their composition despite their concrete consequences. Do these lines betray us? What lies on the other side of the rapture of that which is linear? Perhaps it is the fracture, the line break itself, that must inform our processes of cartography. Can we punctuate, unravel even, lineage(s) and all ...the seemingly objective forms delineated on a map?
Empowerpoint at The Luminary - September 2016
Visual artists have long used the comedic as a material, engaging humor as a methodology for making, reflecting, and responding. Empowerpoint, then, depicts the way humor is used by artists as a form of social critique, with a specific focus on new media, video, and digital art. This exhibition features the work of several St. Louis based artists and national artists whose practices lay at the intersection of satire and visual culture. From the meme-style images created by Lyndon Barrois, which repurpose stills from Beverly Hills Cop, to the “techno utopian” yet “dysfunctional” video game created by artist duo Simone and Max in response to global climate change. Empowerpoint aims to serve simultaneously as comic relief and a site of critical commentary in which visitors can confront their own stances on the myriad of issues we must confront as a global community. Artists featured in the exhibition include Lyndon Barrois Jr., Simone and Max, Sophia Cordova, Soheila Azadi and Liz Cambron, Marcellus Armstrong, and WORK/PLAY.
The Black Arts Incubator at Recess - Summer 2016
The Black Art Incubator posits the idea of “residency” in the form of an IRL (in real life) incubator as an opportunity to continue to build and sustain public and community-driven practices around art and its existence in the wider world. What if we were to re-imagine the studio space, moving it away from a single artist channel and into a wider discourse about community, history, and collaborative cultural production? Through a multi-valent series of programs- including artist-led conversations, critical dialogues, panels, and teach-ins that will comprise a 2016 Recess Session residency in New York City, the Black Art Incubator hopes to not only pressure the idea that a studio residency can generate community- but that those very communities- virtual or physical- can equally build a collective practice of self-care, knowledge-share, and discursivity. The Black Art Incubator is organized and presented by Taylor Renee Aldridge, Jessica Bell Brown, Kimberly Drew, and Jessica Lynne.
Temporary Art Review: Race and Art - Spring 2015
This project was part of a multi-month feature on “Art and Privilege," published by Temporary Art Review, which used the theory of intersectionality (the idea that various and discrete forms of oppression are interrelated) as a starting point to examine privilege (both in and through art) from feminist, class, queer and black perspectives. In collaboration with my co-editor Taylor Renee Aldridge, I guest edited a month long issue on race and art.