MY LOVE IS A 187
featuring the work of
Mickalene Thomas, mm installation, 2007, taken at lug store opening reception
with models Lady Blue and Six Foota. photo: l. lazer
Friday, February 9, 12-3pm
Friday, February 9, 12-1pm
The luggage store is proud to present “My Love is a 187” featuring four leading artists who explore global consumerism, Black visual representation in history and US popular culture.
MARK BRADFORD (Los Angeles, CA)
Bradford presents large-scale work from The Lucky Project — an excavated and altered billboard; as well as Alexandria, found and altered video footage. Bradfords work explores global consumerism, art and artifice.
Bradford received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts. He is the recent recipient of the prestigious Bucksbaum Award from the Whitney Biennial 2006 ,and USA Artists Award. His work has been featured internationally and nationally at the Sao Paolo Bienniel, The Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland, The Whitney Museum, Lombard-Freid Gallery, and Brent Sikkema in NY. He is represented by Brent Sikkema Gallery, NY.
TITUS KAPHAR (New York, NY)
Kaphars paintings present an alternate view to the enslaved, in servitude or impoverished representation and portrayal of Blacks in American 18th and 19th century painting.
Kaphar received his MFA from Yale University and is currently an artist in residence at the Studio Museum of Harlem in NY. He has exhibited at The Anno Domini Gallery in San Jose, CA; Miami Basel 2006 with Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery (Los Angeles), Jack Tilton Gallery, NY; and Roberts & Tilton, LA.
SHINIQUE SMITH (Brooklyn, NY)
Ms. Smith will present a bundled installation made from the collection and accumulation of unwanted objects, spiritual philosophies, and words, reflecting and commenting upon popular culture and global economies.
Smith received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has shown at PS 1 in Queens, NY (Altered, Stitched and Gathered) the Studio Museum of Harlem, (Frequency), Caren Golden Fine Art, NY, a solo exhibition at The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, she participated in the 9th International Istanbul Biennial.
MICKALENE THOMAS (Brooklyn, NY)
Thomas will present mixed media paintings with rhinestones; large scale color photographs and a mixed media installation. Her work explores the marketing and consumption of Black femininity and exoticism within US popular culture.
Ms. Thomas received her MFA from Yale University and was an artist in residence at the Studio Museum of Harlem. Her work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum of Harlem, Frequency and Hands on Hands Down, PS1/MoMA Wild Girls, at Exit Art, NY and the Longwood Art Gallery in the Bronx, as well as the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago.
Many thanks to SHAM, Chris Bunch, Chris Fitzpatrick, Ricardo Richey, Robyn and Joe/SFAI