New York – De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the 12th edition of PULSE Miami Beach, Thursday December 1st through Sunday, December 4th 2016. Location: Booth S-210. De Buck Gallery will present an exclusive selection of the latest collage works by multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome.
PULSE IMPULSE - Known for his collages, performance and videos that offer commentary through the lenses of black and queer sub-cultures, Rashaad Newsome utilizes his artwork as a means to explore the concept of intersectionality in numerous variations. His most recent body of work takes this idea one step further as his collages evolve from abstracted Baroque-esque designs that incorporate symbols of these subcultures to personified figurative subjects with clearly recognizable human faces and bodies. By moving towards neo-Cubist portraiture, Newsome engages with the idea of agency, specifically in relation to interpretations of feminism by transgender and cisgender women of color. In giving his collages faces, Newsome inherently imbues them with this sense of agency, as these strong female characters that emerge in his work confront viewers head-on. The collages bring to mind Dadaist, Cubist and Surrealist inspirations, art movements the artist feels particularly connected to, partly because of their strong African inheritance.
To mark the occasion De Buck Gallery’s booth interior will be wrapped in the artist’s opulent Jungle Gardenia print. With the walls covered in glossy multiple floral and diamond patterns, blending hip-hop bling and baroque details, Newsome seeks to create a vibrant environment that at once again speaks to the viewer’s fantasy, while also hinting at America’s capitalistic obsessions. De Buck Gallery will present pieces of Newsome’s newest body of work; Shade Screen Tests, an intimate incarnation of his prolific performance series Shade Compositions, an elevation of black womanhood that transformed stereotypical gestures associated with that community into a sonic celebration of culture and vernacular. Shade Screen Tests presents a deeper, more personal look at this concept through individual portraits of women meant to be cast in his forthcoming Shade Compositions Detroit performance. Also on view will be a collection of dynamic collage works shown in ornate Dutch-style frames specifically inspired by the collection of Dutch masterworks housed at the Metropolitan Museum. The centerpiece of the presentation, Look Back At It, is compositionally inspired by Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Newsome incorporates traditional masks of powerful African deities projected on contemporary video-vixens imported from popular urban magazines. This special artwork on the occasion of Pulse Art Fair, will be the showcased focus within the booth’s solo presentation.
On Friday December 2nd (5pm-7pm) PULSE and De Buck Gallery are hosting a private exclusive Artist Salon: Meet the Artist cocktail at PULSE’s VIP lounge, honoring Rashaad Newsome and celebrating a festive art Miami weekend. This event is by private invitation only; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PULSE PLAY - Reiterating the themes present within the collages in the booth, Newsome’s 4-minute STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE! multi-channel video was selected for the 2016 PULSE Miami Beach edition of PLAY, curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol. The curators selected 10 video works to be exhibited onsite from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4.
Under the theme of “Body As…” a constellation of videos was curated exploring the ways in which the human body relates to social constructs and self-determination. The voices and female figures in Rashaad Newsome’s STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE video exist in a state of dissociative identity disorder, characterized by the appearance of several very distinct identities such as feminist author and activist bell hooks, YouTube personality Samantha James Revlon, Trans Activist Janet Mock, as well as the iconic vogue performer Leiomy Maldonado. As with Rashaad Newsome’s collage-work, the roles of gender, sexuality, identity, race, and agency reflect a complex intersectionality that sheds light on how these social constructs are navigated in today’s society.
ABOUT THE ARTIST - Rashaad Newsome lives and works in New York City. He was born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a BFA in Art History at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he received a certificate of study in Digital Post Production from Film/Video Arts Inc. (NYC). He studied MAX/MSP Programming at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center (NYC). In December 2015, Newsome’s King of Arms float practically opened Art Basel Miami Beach, with a procession through the streets of Miami’s Fashion District as part of the Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian exhibition Unrealism. This year his electric FIVE vogue performance with live music arrangement was considered one of the highlights of the festive re-opening of the SFMOMA. In spring Newsome concurrently had two critically acclaimed solo exhibitions on view in New York - THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem and STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE at De Buck Gallery in Chelsea. Moreover, we are pleased to announce that early 2017 Newsome returns to his hometown New Orleans for the interdisciplinary presentation Mélange at the Contemporary Art Center.
Additionally, his work is in numerous public collections including the newly inaugurated National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington DC), the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Studio Museum In Harlem(NYC), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NYC), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), and The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT).