New York City, NY
Tenses presents recent works by 2015–16 artists in residence: painter Jordan Casteel (b. 1989), and multimedia artists EJ Hill (b. 1985) and Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981). The exhibition's title suggests the range of shifting possibilities in the artists’ practices.
The six large-scale paintings by Casteel—an extension of the investigations she has been pursuing for several years into the complexity of black male identity—use vibrant, textured colors to capture the spirit of the vendors who operate every day on the sidewalks of West 125th Street. EJ Hill’s installation A Monumental Offering of Potential Energy uses a platform stage and a scaled-down wooden roller-coaster track as its central elements, suggesting the highs and lows of life. Hill’s work will be activated by the presence of the artist’s body, which is intended to rest there, inertly, as a meditation on the space of queer black bodies. Jibade-Khalil Huffman’s installation will be a complex layering of photo-based inkjet prints and screenprints, video and sculpture, challenging the viewer’s normal understanding of visual perception while creating strategic overlaps between the digital and the analog.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.