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.
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