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

American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection

February 11, 2020–January 3, 2021
AT THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM
LINCOLN SQUARE, MANHATTAN

Everyone has a story to tell—a life lived, witness to and participant in events both private and shared. Such moments are captured by American folk and self-taught artists in powerful visual narratives that offer firsthand testimony to chapters in the unfolding story of America from its inception to the present. American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection showcases more than seventy stellar works of folk and self-taught art from the museum’s premier collection. Beautiful, diverse, and truthful, the art illuminates the thoughts and experiences of individuals with an immediacy that is palpable and unique to these expressions.

VISIONARY APONTE:  ART & BLACK FREEDOM 

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery
Curated by Édouard Duval Carrié and Ada Ferrer

January 9–March 8, 2020*

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 went to Havana, Cuba and then Santiago de Cuba in 2019. It's is now in Nashville, Tennessee at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery awaiting the end of the COVID Pandemic shutdown to resume it's tour around the world. Next stop- Havard University.  Curated by Edouardo Duval Carrié and Ada Ferrer.

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

 

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