GREAT-GRANDSON OF THE QUILTER AND THE HOODOO MAN
My great-grand mother made patchwork quilts.
My great-grand father was a hoodoo man
who collected junk and re-sold it for a living.
As a visual artist, I work mainly with wood and junk.
As the great-grandson of hoodoos, I work folk magic.
These wooden quilts are my way of being
with the spirits of my late great elders
They are also my way of finding a higher purpose for the
pile of debris hurricane Katrina left me with.
Much of the wood used in this work is salvaged
from my Katrina-damaged home in the Tremé
CURRENT AND FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS
HANDSTITCHED WORLDS: THE CARTOGRAPHY OF QUILTS
SELF-TAUGHT GENIUS GALLERY • 47-29 32nd Place Second Floor Long Island City, NY 11101
July 16, 2018–October 3, 2018
Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts is an invitation to read quilts as maps, tracing the paths of individual stories and experiences that illuminate larger historic events and cultural trends. Spanning the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, the exhibition brings together a collection of quilts from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum that represents a range of materials, motifs, and techniques—from traditional early-American quilts to more contemporary sculptural assemblage.
VISIONARY APONTE: ART & BLACK FREEDOM
POWER PLANT GALLERY • DUKE UNIVERSITY • 320 Blackwell St., Ste 100
Power Plant Building American Tobacco Campus, Durham, NC 27701
SEPTEMBER 19 -NOVEMBER 17, 2018
Group exhibition featuring a collaborative installation by the amazing Renee Stout and myself. The exhibition showcases works inspired by the nineteenth century Afro-Cuban slave rebellion leader and artist "Black" Jose Aponte and his lost "Book of Paintings". Other artists featured in the exhibition are José Bedia, Leonardo Benzant, Edouardo Duval Carrié, Asser St. Val, Fabiola Jean-Louis and more. The exhibition first opened during Miami Art Basel December 2017 at the Haitian Cultural Complex. The next stop was New York University's King Juan of Spain Center during the spring of 2018. After a stop at Duke University the show will be on it's way to the Caribbean. Curated by Edouardo Duval Carrié and Ada Ferrer
Lunchtime tour of the art and informal discussion with Visionary Aponte artists José Bedia, Nina Angela Mercer, Marielle Plaisir, and Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, as well as co-curators Ada Ferrer and Édouard Duval-Carrié with Laurent Dubois. Light lunch served.
Organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.
WOODEN QUILTS: THE POST-KATRINA ART OF JEAN-MARCEL ST. JACQUES
HOODOO EMPORIUM • NEW ORLEANS, LA 70116
WINTER 2017 - UNTIL
In the neighborhood of retrospective, this exhibition is the culmination of a 12 year process of recovery, reconstruction, reinvention and regeneration. Featuring a collection of outdoor "installations" on a vacant lot on North Claiborne Avenue in the South Seventh Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. SPECIAL EVENTS TBA