Opening reception of To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth, an exhibition by Jeffrey Gibson in the Newmark Gallery, and TunnelTeller, by Alicja Kwade, on view in the Sculpture & Architecture Park. Featuring a performance by Black Belt Eagle Scout.
To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth is an exhibition of quilts, garments, drums, prints, and video by Jeffrey Gibson. A Choctaw-Cherokee artist, Gibson best known for his abstract painting, sculpture and prints which carry an autobiographical cultural inflection. Gibson’s influences range from 19th-century beadwork and Native American iconography, to contemporary street art. This exhibition, To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth takes its title from “Late Fragment”, the final poem in the poet and short story writer Raymond Carver’s last published work, “A New Path to the Waterfall.”
Katherine Paul is Black Belt Eagle Scout. Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was Black Belt Eagle Scout’s debut album. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a “Best Rock Album of 2018” by Pitchfork, and garnered further end-of-year praise from FADER, Under The Radar and more.Arriving just a year after her debut, At the Party With My Brown Friends followed.Where Black Belt Eagle Scout’s first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of KP’s standing as a radical indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship.
Based in Berlin, Alicja Kwade (b.1979, Poland) has long been engaged with value systems, philosophical questions about the essence of reality, and with attempting to examine, if not resolve, issues of inherently subjective concepts such as space and time. In her sculptures, installations, photographs, and films, Kwade probes the structural properties of everyday objects and the veracity of matter. Through this work, she aims to reveal possibilities for alternate realities while examining social agreements and supposed truths. TunnelTeller is an immersive, interactive structure designed to challenge the viewer’s notions of space and perception. This large-scale maze consists of concrete walls and steel, emphasizing human intervention and industrial construction, opposing the surrounding idyllic landscape.