march, 2022

202224mar(mar 24)12:00 am27may(may 27)11:59 pmInternational Studio & Curatorial Program | 03/24/22 - 05/27/22 | Sharon Norwood's Drawing Room | Sharon Norwood | Brooklyn-North

Time

March 24 (Thursday) 12:00 am - May 27 (Friday) 11:59 pm

Location

International Studio & Curatorial Program

1040 Metropolitan Avenue New York 11211 United States

Organizer

International Studio & Curatorial Program 1040 Metropolitan Avenue New York 11211 United States

Event Details

Art Exhbition
International Studio & Curatorial Program
1040 Metropolitan Avenue New York 11211 United States

03/24/22-05/27/22

Norwood works with several media including painting printmaking and ceramic. Drawing inspiration from the shape of Black hair her work’s starting point is often a curly line. In her abstract prints and paintings she intertwines organic lines to act as gestural markings; in her ceramic sculptures and installations the curly line surfaces in interwoven geometric shapes. Norwood’s formal gestures symbolically reference the Black body and its relationship to politics of labor beauty and race.
In this exhibition Norwood uses her own hair as material for the first time. A wall installation features two cast statuettes of African American boys connected by a silver chain necklace. Norwood’s hair is encased in a resin ring on a gold necklace that hangs from the arm of one of the figures. The figures’ molds were found by the artist in Savannah Georgia leading Norwood to conclude that there was once an industry of Black craftsmakers who sold their decorative objects to a largely African American community. The minimal and intimate work in the exhibition offers recognition of an unacknowledged history of Black artisans in the United States and connects Norwood’s own experience as an artist and maker of objects to that tradition.
Sharon Norwood is originally from Jamaica and migrated to Canada as a child. She creates works that exploit the decorative intentions and joy of mark-making and gesturing disrupt the White gaze and other passive notions of viewing “the other” and question standing narratives and systems that shape how identities are understood. In recent years she has explored the intersection of the Black body and decorative arts by translating her drawings onto porcelain objects. Norwood has participated in a number of residencies and fellowships including at McColl Center Charlotte North Carolina and Hambidge Center Georgia. She has exhibited work at The Museum of Washington and Lee University Lexington; Mindy Solomon Gallery Miami; and Tempus Projects Tampa among others.
Dr. Petrina Dacres is an independent curator and founding member of Tide Rising Art Projects an organization created to support and promote contemporary Caribbean art and film where she serves as its resident Curator and Education Director. Her work and research focus on Caribbean art; African diaspora art; public sculpture and memorials; and memory studies. Dr. Dacres has organized exhibitions at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center New York; The National Museum Jamaica Kingston; and National Gallery of Jamaica Kingston among others. She is Head of the Art History Department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston Jamaica and the 2022 Jane Farver Curatorial Resident at ISCP.
Sharon Norwood’s Drawing Room is supported in part by Jane Farver Memorial Fund; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 34; New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

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