Artforum notes an online solo exhibition at White Cube of recent jute sack paintings by Ibrahim Mahama. “In these works, Mahama continues his interrogation of the principle that by engaging with the failures of the past it is possible to ignite new value systems for the future. By so doing, there is the potential to engender economic change that would lead to labor reforms. Produced in his native Ghana with the help of “collaborators,” the jute sacks from which the paintings are created point to histories of trade and commerce and the personal stories of their handlers…”
In the months just prior to Covid-19 rearing its monstrous head in the United States, artist Jamison Carter lost both of his parents. Such a tragedy, combined with the horrors and isolation brought on by the pandemic, would crush even the most stalwart of souls. Yet Carter miraculously managed to find the wherewithal to produce “All Season Radials,” his majestic solo exhibition at Klowden Mann.
taps the Earth for her materials and muses. Her works—prints, works on paper, paintings on bark, and larrakitj (memorial poles made from the bark of eucalyptus trees)—are often made with natural ochers that coalesce in spontaneous webs of lines and dots. The resulting works are ethereal, expressive interpretations of water.
Mack’s paintings investigate how different materials reflect identity. He also works in other media. Artforum caught this recent show (which caught my eye because Linda Benglis is a personal fav).
has new work up at NOMA (through the end of the year) that examines the legacy of plantation economies and their relationship to the environmental and infrastructural issues of our current age.
Leonardo Drew is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He creates sculptures from natural materials and through processes of oxidation, burning, and decay, Drew transforms these objects into massive sculptures that critique social injustices and the cyclical nature of existence.
I saw one at the Perez in Miami a few years ago and was blown away.
Recent IG hashtag find. J says they are “blackness abstracted.” As a creative who is “still learning” I can’t wait to see where his work goes!