Huffman, who is currently based in New York, is known for video and photo works that employ found, archival material and contemporary ephemera to address slippage in memory and language, particular to race and visibility. As part of his project at Locust Projects, the artist will produce an new video that captures the culture of music that everyone experiences in their day-to-day experience, all through the lens of Miami's multicultural landscape.
The video will act as a thematic platform from which a new body of public sculptural interventions that will take place; these works will capture the way music permeates into the visual realm and employ unconventional methods (wheatpaste posters, large-scale spotlights, and other mediums). Works will be situated near spaces that embody a musical spirit, including nightclubs, record stores, music halls, and be located in various locations in Miami-Dade County. Through projection and repetition, Huffman’s work evokes the untranslatable, ruminating on the liminal qualities of singular experiences through narrative and graphic rhythms.
VIDEO PREMIERE Tuesday, Dec 4, 6-8pm at Locust: Jibade-Khalil Huffman premieres a new video as part of his project, "_____________" MEANS "I LOVE YOU" IN ITALICS, a multi-venue evolving project presented as part of our Art on the Move series of art in public spaces. Look for the mobile video in the Design District Tuesday, December 4 from 6-9pm and Miami Beach on Wednesday night, December 5 from 6-10pm.
Artist Jibade-Khalil Huffman and musician and artist Def Sound present a new site-specific performance.
LOCATION: Locust Projects 3852 N Miami Ave
In the finale of Huffman's "_____________" MEANS "I LOVE YOU" IN ITALICS, a multi-venue evolving project presented as part of the Art on the Move series of art in public spaces, the two artists will present work connected to a recent performance and accompanying music video they recently performed at the inaugural Freize LA. This new performance will utilize the same promotional video installed on advertising trucks that Huffman used in December during Art Week Miami in the Design District, Wynwood and on Miami Beach, along with other tropes of hip-hop music videos. The performance will begin in the streets around Locust Projects (with live video/sound being projected in the project space at Locust) and conclude in the project space/parking lot, with the truck itself serving as a now-stationary light source for the performance and screen projecting video that corresponds with projections already occurring, temporarily at the space. Thematically, this work continues Huffman's ongoing delving into Black ego, mental health, reconciling being a feminist with listening to certain contemporary hip-hop, police brutality, and representation.
About the Artist
Jibade-Khalil Huffman’s recent solo exhibitions include KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY; Ballroom Marfa, TX; The Kitchen, NY; Atlanta Contemporary (2018); LAXART, Los Angeles (2016); MoMA/P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (2010). His works has been included in group exhibitions at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Jewish Museum, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Swiss Institute, NY. Educated at Bard College (BA), Brown University (MFA, Literary Arts), and USC Roski School (MFA, Studio Art), his awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant and fellowships from the Lighthouse Works, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He is the author of three books of poems, “19 Names For Our Band” (Fence, 2008), “James Brown is Dead” (Future Plan and Program, 2011) and “Sleeper Hold” (Fence, 2015). Huffman was an artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2015-16 and was included in the 2014 Made in L.A. Biennial at the Hammer Museum. Born 1981 in Detroit, he currently lives and works in New York.
ABOUT ART ON THE MOVE
Art on the Move features specially commissioned artists’ projects in public spaces around Miami. Through this effort, new work by artists such as Nicole Eisenman, Liam Gillick, Angel Otero, Martine Sims, Ron Terada, and Agustina Woodgate has appeared on billboards, bus shelters, taxi tops, and bus backs throughout the county.
Image: "Untitled (Radios)," 2018, archival inkjet print, 22 x 34", courtesy of the artist and Anat Ebgi