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“STRANGE NOISE ON THE ROOFTOP”
A solo exhibition featuring new work by
THERESA CHROMATI

Exhibition dates: November 4th – December 2nd, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, November 4th 7-10pm
Gallery hours: 1pm – 6pm
Tuesday – Saturday
New Image Art
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
www.newimageartgallery.com
323 – 654 – 2192
New Image Art is pleased to present STRANGE NOISE ON THE ROOFTOP, a solo exhibition with Brooklyn based artist Theresa Chromati featuring a series of new works.

The women depicted in these works are free; frolicking, stomping, laughing, and lounging. Within this universe, fear, hate, ignorance, self-doubt, and anxiety are symbolized by various home structures, while these women occupy the rooftop above these limitations. These robust women also capture pride through comforting partnerships and support for one another. Their bodies possess armor in the form of voluptuous pussy lips, protruding nipples, and masked faces, taking delight in themselves and one another.

“My ideal reality would be an environment above every rooftop, where black women always have the space to be all parts of themselves.”

Theresa Chromati explores black women as opaque idealized figures that embrace the empowerment of women and various body conscious topics. Full figured women adorned with whimsical protective armor such as masks, pussy lips, and protruding keloids reference diversity of self-identity, ownership, body manipulation, and an act of self-preservation against appropriation.

Rotating between digital and analogue media, Chromati’s environments take place in an alternate universe. Graphic elements reminiscent of checkerboard tiles are placed against grand arches, which create a royal backdrop and support for women. Chromati emphasizes subtle gestures of intimacy within familiar, romantic, and congenial relationships. As well as looking into a spectrum of experiences that exist for women within public and private spaces, exceeding the limitations traditionally imposed on them.

Chromati often pulls references from women she experienced during her adolescent years in Baltimore City by focusing on the various nuances of communication within partnerships and black women as community. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

An opening reception for the artist will be held on Sat, November 4th, from 7 to 10 pm

For all inquiries on Theresa please contact: info@newimageartgallery.com

 

 

(PROJECT ROOM)
“WITH YOU”
A group exhibition curated by
THERESA CHROMATI

Exhibition dates: November 4th – December 2nd, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, November 4th 7-10pm
Gallery hours: 1pm – 6pm
Tuesday – Saturday
New Image Art
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
www.newimageartgallery.com
323 – 654 – 2192

 

New Image Art is pleased to present “WITH YOU”, a group exhibition curated by Theresa Chromati featuring work by Faith Couch, Derrick Adams, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr, Naudline Pierre, Alexandria Smith, Devin N. Morris, Yetunde Olagbaju, and Grace Lynne.

Theresa Chromati often explores partnership by capturing community in her work. In this group exhibition, “With You” Chromati has chosen works that focus on various forms of partnership from several artists. Chromati is interested in ways artists view partnership through conversation, support, and relationship. For example, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr, TBD (Kenny on the Hill), one distant figure that exhibits partnership between the images themselves. Although there are multiple images, they work together to illustrate time within a single setting. Additional works contribute examples of conversation, such as two arms depicted mirroring one another arranging a call and response in Beach Series, No I by Faith Couch.

Each piece of work supports one another forming dialogue that welcomes you in, creating a partnership between audience and artists as well.

An opening reception for the artist will be held on Sat, November 4th, from 7 to 10 pm

For all inquiries on works from this exhibition please contact: info@newimageartgallery.com

Faith​ ​Couch

Faith​ ​Couch​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​Durham,​ ​North​ ​Carolina​ ​in​ ​1997.​ ​Couch​ ​works​ ​predominantly in​ ​the​ ​medium​ ​of​ ​photography​ ​and​ ​video​ ​art.​ ​Her​ ​work​ ​highlights​ ​themes​ ​dealing​ ​with race,​ ​gender,​ ​sexuality​ ​and​ ​nationality.​ ​Couch​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​attending​ ​Maryland​ ​Institute College​ ​of​ ​Art​ ​in​ ​Baltimore​ ​MD,​ ​where​ ​​ ​she​ ​will​ ​complete​ ​her​ ​Bachelors​ ​of​ ​Fine​ ​Art​ ​in Photography.

Derrick​ ​Adams

Derrick​ ​Adams​ ​is​ ​a​ ​multidisciplinary​ ​New​ ​York-based​ ​artist​ ​working​ ​in​ ​performance, video,​ ​sound​ ​and​ ​2D​ ​and​ ​3D​ ​realms.​ ​​ ​His​ ​practice​ ​focuses​ ​on​ ​the​ ​fragmentation​ ​and manipulation​ ​of​ ​structure​ ​and​ ​surface,​ ​exploring​ ​self​ ​image​ ​and​ ​forward​ ​projection.

A​ ​recipient​ ​of​ ​a​ ​2009​ ​Louis​ ​Comfort​ ​Tiffany​ ​Award,​ ​and​ ​2014​ ​S.J.​ ​Weiler​ ​Award,​ ​Adams received​ ​his​ ​MFA​ ​from​ ​Columbia​ ​University,​ ​BFA​ ​from​ ​Pratt​ ​Institute,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​a Skowhegan​ ​and​ ​Marie​ ​Walsh​ ​Sharpe​ ​alum.

His​ ​exhibition​ ​and​ ​performance​ ​highlights​ ​include:​ ​​Greater​ ​New​ ​York​ ​’05​,​ ​MoMA​ ​PS1; Open​ ​House:​ ​Working​ ​In​ ​Brooklyn​ ​’04​,​ ​Brooklyn​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art;​ ​​PERFORMA​​ ​‘05,​ ​‘13, ‘15;​​​Radical​​Presence​​&​​The​​Shadows​​Took​​Shape,​​​Studio​​Museum​​in​​Harlem;​​​The Channel,​ ​​Brooklyn​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Music;​ ​and​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​permanent​ ​collections​ ​of​ ​The Metropolitan​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art,​ ​Studio​ ​Museum​ ​in​ ​Harlem,​ ​Virginia​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Fine​ ​Arts, and​ ​the​ ​Birmingham​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art.

His​ ​work​ ​can​ ​be​ ​seen​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​at​ ​Tilton​ ​Gallery;​ ​Rhona​ ​Hoffman​ ​Gallery,​ ​Chicago; Gallerie​ ​Anne​ ​de​ ​Villepoix,​ ​Paris;​ ​and​ ​Vigo​ ​Gallery,​ ​London.

 

Alexandria​ ​Smith

Alexandria​ ​Smith​ ​is​ ​a​ ​mixed​ ​media​ ​visual​ ​artist​ ​who​ ​recently​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​New Museum’s​ ​seminal​ ​event​ ​Black​ ​Women​ ​Artists​ ​for​ ​Black​ ​Lives​ ​Matter​ ​(BWA​ ​for​ ​BLM). She​ ​earned​ ​her​ ​BFA​ ​in​ ​Illustration​ ​from​ ​Syracuse​ ​University,​ ​MA​ ​in​ ​Art​ ​Education​ ​from New​ ​York​ ​University,​ ​and​ ​MFA​ ​in​ ​Painting​ ​and​ ​Drawing​ ​from​ ​Parsons​ ​The​ ​New​ ​School for​ ​Design.

Smith​ ​is​ ​the​ ​recipient​ ​of​ ​numerous​ ​awards​ ​and​ ​residencies​ ​including:​ ​MacDowell residency,​ ​LMCC​ ​Process​ ​Space​ ​Residency,​ ​a​ ​Pollock-Krasner​ ​Grant,​ ​Yaddo residency,​ ​the​ ​Skowhegan​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Painting​ ​and​ ​Sculpture​ ​Fellowship,​ ​the​ ​Virginia​ ​A. Myers​ ​Fellowship​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Iowa​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Fine​ ​Arts​ ​Work​ ​Center​ ​Fellowship from​ ​2013​ ​-​ ​2015.​ ​Her​ ​recent​ ​exhibitions​ ​include:​ ​a​ ​traveling​ ​group​ ​exhibition​ ​called “Black​ ​Pulp”​ ​at​ ​Yale​ ​University​ ​and​ ​International​ ​Print​ ​Center​ ​NY​ ​(IPCNY),​ ​a​ ​solo​ ​exhibit at​ ​Scaramouche​ ​Gallery,​ ​a​ ​commission​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Schomburg​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Research​ ​in​ ​Black Culture,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​early​ ​2017,​ ​the​ ​first​ ​annual​ ​Wanda​ ​D.​ ​Ewing​ ​Commission​ ​and​ ​solo exhibit​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Union​ ​for​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​in​ ​Omaha,​ ​NE.​ ​Smith​ ​has​ ​also​ ​been​ ​featured in​ ​the​ ​Huffington​ ​Post​ ​article​ ​“Alexandria​ ​Smith’s​ ​Adorably​ ​Grotesque​ ​Cartoons​ ​Explore What​ ​Little​ ​Girls​ ​Are​ ​Made​ ​Of”.​ ​Alexandria​ ​lives​ ​and​ ​works​ ​in​ ​Brooklyn,​ ​NY​ ​and Wellesley,​ ​MA​ ​where​ ​she​ ​is​ ​Assistant​ ​Professor​ ​of​ ​Studio​ ​Art​ ​at​ ​Wellesley​ ​College.

 

Elliott​ ​Jerome​ ​Brown​ ​Jr.

Elliott​ ​Jerome​ ​Brown​ ​Jr.​ ​is​ ​a​ ​conceptual​ ​photographer​ ​working​ ​on​ ​ideas​ ​related​ ​to intimacy,​ ​vulnerability,​ ​and​ ​social​ ​perception.​ ​The​ ​resulting​ ​images,​ ​set​ ​within biographical,​ ​private,​ ​and​ ​public​ ​spaces,​ ​aim​ ​to​ ​capture​ ​a​ ​person​ ​in​ ​a​ ​place​ ​of​ ​presumed comfort,​ ​grounding​ ​the​ ​bizarre​ ​or​ ​glamorous​ ​into​ ​a​ ​moment​ ​that​ ​feels​ ​lived​ ​in;​ ​a​ ​gesture or​ ​pose​ ​that​ ​speaks​ ​to​ ​an​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​is​ ​less​ ​prepared;​ ​incorporating​ ​an​ ​element​ ​of ordinary​ ​as​ ​a​ ​way​ ​to​ ​value​ ​the​ ​person​ ​photographed​ ​through​ ​several​ ​stages​ ​of expression;​ ​to​ ​offset​ ​what​ ​it​ ​means​ ​to​ ​be​ ​respectable​ ​and​ ​dignified​ ​within​ ​a​ ​photograph.

As​ ​an​ ​extension​ ​of​ ​his​ ​visual​ ​practice,​ ​Elliott​ ​is​ ​also​ ​the​ ​organizer​ ​of​ ​DATE​ ​NIGHT,​ ​an interdisciplinary​ ​exhibition​ ​set​ ​in​ ​various​ ​homes.

 

Yetunde​ ​​Olagbaju

Yetunde​ ​Olagbaju​ ​is​ ​a​ ​multidisciplinary​ ​artist​ ​and​ ​collaborator​ ​currently​ ​residing​ ​in Oakland,​ ​CA.​ ​Through​ ​her​ ​work,​ ​she​ ​concerns​ ​herself​ ​with​ ​time​ ​travel,​ ​space,​ ​source, vulnerability,​ ​ancestry,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​human​ ​relationship​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Blackness​ ​of​ ​the​ ​universe.

Through​ ​installation,​ ​photo,​ ​performance,​ ​archival​ ​documentation,​ ​video,​ ​sound,​ ​and ritual​ ​she​ ​aims​ ​to​ ​illuminate​ ​paths​ ​of​ ​deep​ ​emotional​ ​kinship,​ ​all​ ​the​ ​while​ ​highlighting moments​ ​of​ ​cosmic​ ​mirroring​ ​and​ ​overlap,​ ​within​ ​the​ ​human​ ​experience.

This​ ​is​ ​all​ ​with​ ​the​ ​distinct​ ​desire​ ​to​ ​reimagine​ ​Black​ ​past,​ ​present,​ ​and​ ​future​ ​and​ ​to create​ ​a​ ​bridge​ ​for​ ​that​ ​exchange.

 

Devin​ ​N.​ ​Morris

Devin​ ​N.​ ​Morris​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Baltimore​ ​born,​ ​Brooklyn​ ​based​ ​artist​ ​who​ ​is​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​abstracting American​ ​life​ ​and​ ​subverting​ ​traditional​ ​value​ ​systems​ ​through​ ​the​ ​exploration​ ​of​ ​racial​ ​and sexual​ ​identity​ ​in​ ​mixed​ ​media​ ​paintings,​ ​photographs,​ ​writings​ ​and​ ​video.​ ​His​ ​works prioritize​ ​displays​ ​of​ ​personal​ ​innocence​ ​and​ ​acts​ ​of​ ​kindness​ ​within​ ​surreal​ ​landscapes​ ​and elaborate​ ​draped​ ​environments​ ​that​ ​reimagine​ ​the​ ​social​ ​boundaries​ ​imposed​ ​on​ ​male interactions,​ ​platonic​ ​and​ ​otherwise.​ ​The​ ​use​ ​of​ ​gestural​ ​kindnesses​ ​between​ ​real​ ​and imagined​ ​characters​ ​are​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​his​ ​various​ ​experiences​ ​growing​ ​as​ ​a​ ​black​ ​boy​ ​in Baltimore,​ ​MD​ ​and​ ​his​ ​later​ ​experiences​ ​navigating​ ​the​ ​world​ ​as​ ​a​ ​black​ ​queer​ ​man. Memory​ ​subconsciously​ ​roots​ ​itself​ ​in​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​familiar​ ​household​ ​materials​ ​&​ ​fabrics, while​ ​symbolically​ ​he​ ​arranges​ ​it.​ ​Looking​ ​to​ ​buoy​ ​his​ ​new​ ​realities​ ​in​ ​a​ ​permanent​ ​real space,​ ​Morris​ ​posits​ ​his​ ​reimagined​ ​societies​ ​as​ ​a​ ​prehistory​ ​to​ ​futures​ ​that​ ​are​ ​impossible to​ ​imagine.

Devin​ ​is​ ​also​ ​the​ ​editor​ ​of​ ​the​ ​great​ ​collaborative​ ​effort​ ​3​ ​Dot​ ​Zine,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​an​ ​annual publication​ ​that​ ​celebrates​ ​the​ ​futurity​ ​of​ ​minorities,​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​serving​ ​as​ ​a​ ​forum​ ​for invited​ ​artists​ ​to​ ​center​ ​and​ ​elaborate​ ​on​ ​marginalized​ ​concerns.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​exhibited​ ​in America​ ​and​ ​Brazil,​ ​with​ ​short​ ​stories​ ​and​ ​visual​ ​works​ ​also​ ​appearing​ ​in​ ​NYU’s​ ​ISO Magazine,​ ​Nii​ ​Journal​ ​(London),​ ​Picture​ ​Newspaper​ ​and​ ​Packet​ ​Bi-Weekly​ ​Zine​ ​amongst others.​ ​He​ ​recently​ ​hosted​ ​the​ ​first​ ​Brown​ ​Paper​ ​ZIne​ ​&​ ​Small​ ​Press​ ​Fair​ ​for​ ​Black​ ​&​ ​PoC Artists​ ​at​ ​MoCADA​ ​Museum​ ​in​ ​Brooklyn,​ ​NY​ ​in​ ​January,​ ​and,​ ​in​ ​collaboration​ ​with KAHLON,​ ​The​ ​Agency,​ ​will​ ​host​ ​the​ ​second​ ​iteration​ ​in​ ​Baltimore,​ ​MD​ ​this​ ​April.​ ​He​ ​will release​ ​the​ ​third​ ​issue​ ​of​ ​3​ ​Dot​ ​Zine​ ​in​ ​Summer​ ​2017.

 

Naudline​ ​Pierre

Naudline​ ​Pierre​ ​is​ ​a​ ​New​ ​York-based​ ​artist​ ​whose​ ​paintings​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​portals​ ​into otherworldly​ ​spaces,​ ​where​ ​imagined​ ​characters​ ​hold​ ​and​ ​touch​ ​each​ ​other​ ​in​ ​intimate, tender,​ ​and​ ​sometimes​ ​ambiguously​ ​ritualistic​ ​scenes.​ ​Naudline​ ​draws​ ​on​ ​her

multilayered​ ​upbringing​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​patchwork​ ​mythology​ ​in​ ​which​ ​her​ ​experiences​ ​are given​ ​visual​ ​representation​ ​through​ ​the​ ​co-opting​ ​of​ ​traditionally​ ​religious,​ ​art-historical references.​ ​In​ ​doing​ ​so,​ ​Naudline​ ​moves​ ​these​ ​references​ ​away​ ​from​ ​their​ ​intended​ ​use into​ ​a​ ​new​ ​space​ ​capable​ ​of​ ​holding​ ​a​ ​more​ ​personalized​ ​meaning.​ ​Exploring​ ​the concept​ ​of​ ​artist-as-vessel,​ ​Naudline​ ​uses​ ​the​ ​act​ ​of​ ​painting​ ​as​ ​an​ ​entryway,​ ​and accesses​ ​a​ ​world​ ​of​ ​feelings​ ​she​ ​believes​ ​she​ ​could​ ​not​ ​enter​ ​otherwise.

Naudline​ ​holds​ ​an​ ​MFA​ ​from​ ​The​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Art,​ ​a​ ​BFA​ ​from​ ​Andrews University,​ ​and​ ​was​ ​a​ ​recipient​ ​of​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​Terra​ ​Foundation​ ​for​ ​American​ ​Art Residency​ ​Award​ ​in​ ​Giverny,​ ​France.

 

Grace​ ​Lynn

Grace​ ​Lynne​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​based​ ​artist​ ​and​ ​oil​ ​painter​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​exploring​ ​and pushing​ ​the​ ​boundaries​ ​of​ ​Blackness​ ​and​ ​what​ ​it​ ​means​ ​in​ ​today’s​ ​society.​ ​She​ ​enjoys incorporating​ ​mysticism,​ ​fantasy​ ​and​ ​atmosphere​ ​in​ ​her​ ​work​ ​through​ ​oil​ ​paint.​ ​Her​ ​work also​ ​examines​ ​the​ ​complex​ ​relationship​ ​between​ ​Black​ ​people​ ​and​ ​their​ ​environment. Grace​ ​conveys​ ​themes​ ​of​ ​vulnerability,​ ​relationships,​ ​connectivity​ ​and​ ​challenges beauty​ ​in​ ​her​ ​paintings.​ ​She​ ​is​ ​also​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​theatre,​ ​dance,​ ​West​ ​African​ ​tribal​ ​art and​ ​surrealism.