NEW YORK, NY – De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming solo exhibition by New York-based artist Rashaad Newsome. Entitled Stop Playing in My Face!, this exhibition marks Newsome’s debut at De Buck Gallery. The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from April 21 through June 25, 2016. An opening reception in the presence of the artist is scheduled for April 21 from 6-8 PM.
Known for his collages 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 permutations. His latest work, on view in Stop Playing in My Face!, takes this idea one step further as the collages evolve from abstracted Baroque-esque designs that incorporate symbols of these subcultures to personified figurative subjects with clearly recognizable human faces and bodies. Compositionally, these works are still heavily influenced by Newsome’s interest in the rules of heraldry and the use of contemporary pop cultural status symbols.
By moving towards 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 the figures that emerge confront viewers head-on. As in Newsome’s earlier works, these collages are shown in ornate Dutch-style frames specifically inspired by the collection of Dutch masterworks housed at the Metropolitan Museum, referencing moments in Renaissance art and architecture history. The collages also recall the work of Dada artist Hannah Hoch, while simultaneously utilizing the frames as extensions of the works themselves.