may, 2021

202121may(may 21)12:00 am202203(may 3)11:59 pmJohn Ringling Museum | 05/21/21 - 05/03/22 | American/Rōōts | Ya Levy La’ford | Sarasota

Time

21 (Friday) 12:00 am - 3 (Tuesday) 11:59 pm

Location

John Ringling Museum

5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota FL 34243

Organizer

John Ringling Museum941-359-5700 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota FL 34243

Event Details

Art Exhibition | 05/21/21 – 05/03/22
American/Rōōts | Ya Levy La’ford

Sarasota

John Ringling Museum
5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota FL 34243
941-359-5700

Tampa-based Ya Levy La’ford’s art practice explores journeys pathways space and the metaphysical complexities therein. La’ford’s work seeks to communicate humanity’s unseen experiences within the intricacies of geometric laden layers united through interconnecting lines. As a first-generation Jamaican American she moves between her own heritage and vulnerable communities in an attempt to find a universal language. Her work reflects La’ford’s cultural hybridity through her journey to challenge notions of humanistic patterns and spirituality.

For Skyway 20/21: A Contemporary Collaboration La’ford transformed the gallery space with American/Rōōts (2021) a site-specific installation consisting of gold and black geometric pattern that represents the concept of interconnectedness between all living things. The interwoven lines reference the rhizomatic system of roots found in nature and the two glowing sculptures with gold-chromed surfaces Antimatter and Neutrinos (both 2021) present abstracted views of trees. This work is an invitation to reflect on the collective trauma endured as a result of recent political conflict a global health pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis. Bringing the community together is at the forefront of this work which offers a contemplative space for regeneration inside the museum that seeks to extend beyond its walls.

Ya Levy La’ford (American born 1979) American/Rōōts 2021 (detail). Mixed media installation 336 x 360 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Lunardi Photography

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