Curator’s Office announces its participation in the 2014 edition of the Context / Art Miami Art Fair in the Wynwood area of Miami, from December 2-7. The gallery invites everyone to visit Booth #E13. In this booth, Curator’s Office explores identity and racial politics through contrasting approaches. Larry Cook and Jefferson Pinder wrestle with the issues of masculinity and strength in a mutually dynamic interdisciplinary fashion. Merging ideas of ritual, community, and pride, the work challenges the viewers to revisit stereotypes and visual tropes. Exploring new language with familiar iconography, both artists grapple with contemporary blackness. Ultimately the display of both artists’ works offers a politically charged yet poetic booth presentation focusing on the complex representation of the black male in American culture and the African diaspora. Curator’s Office will introduce photographic work by Washington, DC-based artist Larry W. Cook and present objects and works on paper by Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder.
Larry W. Cook, a promising emerging artist working in diverse media, exposes his internal conflicts while representing diverse portraits of black people in his photographic works. His work addresses American identity and its connection to history and pop culture. The artist emphasizes a directorial approach in staging his subjects, many of whom are personal friends. His challenging large triptych, All American (2012) is juxtaposed provocatively with his Regalia (2014) series of young men dressed in academic PhD robes.
Cook’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; The Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC; Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC; CONNERSMITH Gallery, Washington, DC; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He is currently a Fellow of the Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC and currently has a large-scale public artwork on view as part of Ceremonies of Dark Men, part of the 5 X 5 Project Public Art, curated by A.M. Weaver and organized by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He is the 2014 winner of the Trawick Prize Young Artist Award. Cook is a recent MFA graduate from George Washington University with a concentration in photography and video art. Curator’s Office is working in tandem with the Hamiltonian Artist Fellowship Program to present Cook’s work at the CONTEXT Miami Fair. For further information about this noted fellowship, visit www.hamiltonianartists.org.
Jefferson Pinder, a nationally acclaimed video/performance artist, seeks to find black identity through the most dynamic circumstances. His experimental videos and films feature minimal performances that reference music videos and physical theatre. Pinder’s work provides personal and social commentary in accessible and familiar format. Inspired by soundtracks, Pinder utilizes hypnotic popular music and surreal performances to underscore themes dealing with Afro-Futurism, physical endurance, and blackness. In the booth, he presents a performance outfit Magical Negro (Egungun), (2013), objects, and works on paper that amplify these investigations.
His work has been featured in numerous group shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, The High Museum in Atlanta, and the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. Although he considers his work to have a regional style and flavor, he stresses the universality of his themes and travels around the globe to seek inspiration. Pinder has spent time in Dakar, Mexico City, Khartoum and Hanoi working on projects that deal with race, identity and social mobility. Pinder’s work was featured at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition Recognize. In the spring of 2012 his performance piece Ben-Hur was featured at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Pinder is represented by Curator’s Office in Washington, DC and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
Pinder earned his BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland, and studied at the Asolo Theatre Conservatory in Sarasota, FL. In 2000, he returned to the University of Maryland to receive his MFA in Mixed Media. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Contemporary Practices department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
For special events programming and fair details, you can visit the fair’s website. For further information about the availability of either artist’s work, you can contact the gallery – your needs will be accommodated.