June 12, 2020

RENAISSANCE NOIR | A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION AT UTA ARTIST SPACE

By Rae Niwa

UTA Artist Space here in Los Angeles is currently hosting, Renaissance Noir, a virtual exhibition from June 9- July 3, 2020. The show features works from 12 emerging Black artists and is curated by Myrtis Bedolla, the owner of Baltimore based gallery, Galerie Myrtis.

This body of work addresses, informs, and investigates Blackness via historiographies of Black artists’ narratives: the state of mind and state of being Black. The inspiring body of work spans across 40 years. Power and resilience exudes through the works and offers a space for grace, for reclaiming, for teaching and for vocalizing, alchemizing trauma to look towards something greater. A part of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to Artist Relief, which is providing grants to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Featured artists include Tawny Chatmon, Wesley Clark, Alfred Conteh, Larry Cook, Morel Doucet, Monica Ikegwu, Ronald Jackson, M. Scott Johnson, Delita Martin, Arvie Smith, Nelson Stevens and Felandus Thames.

View the full exhibition on UTA Artist Space’s website at the link below.

Tawny Chatmon , Seeds Sown, 2020, 24k gold leaf, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache on archival pigment print, 40 x 24 inches (5 cm border)

Tawny Chatmon, Seeds Sown, 2020, 24k gold leaf, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache on archival pigment print, 40 x 24 inches (5 cm border)

Morel Doucet,  When they Stay in the Sun their Shadows Grow with Regrets, 2019, Silkscreen on paper with coconut husk, 30 x 22 1/2 inches

Morel Doucet, When they Stay in the Sun their Shadows Grow with Regrets, 2019, Silkscreen on paper with coconut husk, 30 x 22 1/2 inches

Renaissance: Noir is more poignant than ever as we share these thought-provoking works which depict the social, political, and historical journey of the Black experience through intergenerational narratives.”

-Myrtis Bedolla

Alfred Conteh,  Aston and Ethan, 2020, Acrylic and urethane plastic on canvas, 84 x 47.5 x 3 inches

Alfred Conteh, Aston and Ethan, 2020, Acrylic and urethane plastic on canvas, 84 x 47.5 x 3 inches

Monica Ikegwu,  Sister’s Keeper, 2020, Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches

Monica Ikegwu, Sister’s Keeper, 2020, Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches

Delita Martin,  I See God in Us/Sunrise, 2020, Acrylic, charcoal, decorative papers, hand stitching, liquid gold leaf, 72 x 51 1/2 inches

Delita Martin, I See God in Us/Sunrise, 2020, Acrylic, charcoal, decorative papers, hand stitching, liquid gold leaf, 72 x 51 1/2 inches

Felandus Thames,  Portrait of the First Post-Black, 2019, Hair beads on coated wire, 39 x 24 x x 1 inches

Felandus Thames, Portrait of the First Post-Black, 2019, Hair beads on coated wire, 39 x 24 x x 1 inches

Larry Cook,  Urban Landscape #2, 2018, Digital Print, 16 x 20 inches

Larry Cook, Urban Landscape #2, 2018, Digital Print, 16 x 20 inches

Ronald Jackson,  A Dwelling down Roads Unpaved, 2020, Oil on canvas, 72 x 84 inches

Ronald Jackson, A Dwelling down Roads Unpaved, 2020, Oil on canvas, 72 x 84 inches