In the main space, LOCUST PROJECTS will present new work by Los Angeles artist Kori Newkirk made specifically for the space. At the forefront of a generation of young African-American artists, Newkirk has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the world. His exhibition at Locust Projects will be his first one-person show in the south florida region.
Locust Projects is pleased to present Bixel, Kori Newkirk's debut single channel video. Science fiction and semi-autobiographical in tone, Bixel furthers Newkirk's formal and conceptual investigation of the mediated self within the larger urban and pastoral landscape. Armed with a mouth full of silvery glitter, Newkirk's head and torso ascends and retreats from beneath a lush green lawn, as if emerging from an invisible borrow. Bixel is punctuated by a sequence of non-narrative and non-linear imagery ranging from a close-ups of windmill fans to the artist himself traversing the picture frame in whirlwind-esque spirals. Recalling previous photographic work, such as Haywood - where Newkirk's obfuscated naked body stands blanketed among pristine snow – or in Juke – where the artist, in a suit, lays on a lawn shielding his eyes from the glaring sun, Bixel interrogates notions of privilege and complicates the legibility of a delocalized body politic.
Continuing in the tradition of giving artists carte blanche, Locust Projects invited Newkirk to create a new project without any restrictions. This gave him the freedom to work in a medium which he had never had the opportunity to explore in the past. Locust Projects will be showing his first ever video work.
Newkirk’s exhibition adds to the list of outstanding projects that Locust Projects has hosted. The list of artists is nothing to scoff at: Nick Relph and Oliver Payne, Eric Wesley, Jon Pylypchuk, Nathan Carter, Alex Bag, Gregory Green, and Mark Leckey, among others. Working with artists who are beginning to break into the international art world, Locust Projects provides them the opportunity to work without the stuffiness and restrictions of a larger institutional setting. They are literally allowed to do whatever they please here, and there can be little doubt that this is at the center of the exciting exhibitions that we have hosted in the past.
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