David Alekhuogie: Naïveté

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David Alekhuogie: Naïveté

New York

David Alekhuogie: Naïveté
to Sat 10 Apr 2021
Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

Yancey Richardson Gallery presents Naïveté, an exhibition of new photographs, collage and fabric sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist David Alekhuogie.

Artworks

Female figure “A Reprise”, 2020

Archival pigment print
47 3/4 x 38 1/2 inches

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Ancestral Figures “A Reprise”, 2020

Archival pigment print
40 1/8 x 32 1/8 inches

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Banda Headdress “A Reprise”, 2019

Archival pigment print
50 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches

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WE 107/2 “A Reprise”, 2021

Archival pigment print
50 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches

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WE 271/2 “A Reprise”, 2019

Archival pigment print
45 1/4 x 36 1/8 inches

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WE 410/2 “A Reprise”, 2020

Archival pigment print
45 1/4 x 36 1/8

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WE 431/2 “A Reprise”, 2021

Archival pigment print
50 x 40 1/4 inches

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Portrait for George 1, 2, and 3, 2020

Archival inkjet prints on cotton jersey fabric, artist frames
40 x 32 inches each

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post colonial bush breakfast “no wahala”, 2021

Archival pigment print on canvas, artist's frame
48 1/2 x 36 inches

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Pure Life, 2021

Archival pigment prints
32 x 24 inches each

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compton cvs 33.8958° N, 118.2201° W, 2018

Archival inkjet print on canvas, artist's frame
21 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 2 inches

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florence and normandie chevron 33.9745° N, 118. 3006° W, 2018

Archival pigment print on canvas, artist's frame
21 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches

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inglewood, CA 33.7701° N, 118.1937° W, 2018

Archival pigment print on canvas, artist's frame
21 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches

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LA convention center 34.0403° N, 118.2696° W, 2018

Archival pigment print on canvas, artist's frame
21 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches

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rampart police station 34.0567° N, 118.2670° W, 2018

Archival pigment print on canvas, artist's frame
21 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches

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washington and oak 48.2883° N, 122.6484° W, 2018

Archival pigment print on canvas, artist's frame
21 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches

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jefferson and normandie 34.0252° N, 118.3004° W, 2018

Archival pigment print on canvas, artist's frame
23 1/4 x 18 1/8 inches

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rancho cucamonga 34.1064° N, 117.5931° W, 2018

Archival pigment print on canvas, artist's frame
21 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches

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echo park 34.0782° N, 118.2606° W, 2018

Archival inkjet print on canvas, artist's frame
21 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 2 inches

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Informed by his 2019 trip to Nigeria, the birthplace of his father, Alekhuogie’s recent work incorporates African sculpture and textiles to question ideas of authorship, the hierarchy of art versus craft, and the route through which many African Americans become cognizant of their cultural heritage. A selection of works from the artist’s 2018 series To Live and Die in LA is featured in the project gallery.

In the photographic series “A Reprise”, Alekhuogie proposes a rewriting of Perfect Documents, the exhibition catalogue of documentary photographs of African sculptures by Walker Evans. Alekhuogie has recast Evans’s two-dimensional images as physical sculpture, photographed them against traditional African textiles, and then overlaid this image onto the original catalogue. The resulting photographs oscillate between object and print, two and three dimensions, and nod to Cubism’s relationship to African sculpture. The images by Evans are the result of a commission from MoMA to document their 1935 exhibition African Negro Art, a forerunner in presenting African objects as artworks rather than anthropological artifacts. Through his own transmutation of Evans’s images, Alekhuogie brings what he calls “the hand-me-down nature of Pan Africanism” to the foreground, and questions through whose eyes, and whose agency, many African Americans form their cultural narratives.

In the 2018 series To Live and Die in LA, Alekhuogie explores the idea of the body as landscape by placing cropped images of male torsos at Los Angeles locations charged with personal and political significance. The images are drawn from Alekhuogie’s 2017 photographic series Pull_UP, which used the fashion trope of sagging and the horizon line of the waist to examine coded representations of black masculinity. Using geographic coordinates as titles to specify place, Alekhuogie notes “Politics of identity are bound up in landscape.” The tightly framed figures are camouflaged by light, shadow and sharp-edged vegetation creating an ambiguous tension between vulnerability and aggression. Printed on canvas and pinned in shallow plywood boxes, the photographs are ultimately portraits of Alekhuogie’s hometown of Los Angeles with its tangled history of dreams and violence.

Born in 1986, David Alekhuogie received his MFA from Yale University (2015). His work was included in Companion Pieces, the 2020 iteration of MoMA’s biannual New Photography exhibition, and is currently on view in Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. at the California African American Art Museum in Los Angeles. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Alekhuogie has had solo exhibitions at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, CA (2019) and at the Chicago Artist Coalition (2016). Alekhuogie has participated in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2020) and The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2017).

Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

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