HSA Department Of Art & Design Presents INTERWOVEN
The Harlem School of the Arts with curator and Director of Art & Design, Adrienne Elise Tarver, proudly presents, “INTERWOVEN,” an exhibition featuring the work of artists Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby.
This unique exhibition presents married couple, Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby’s work side-by-side highlighting their individual and mutual interests in the ties that bind generations in the black community. Textiles play a large role in these recent bodies of work, as they have in the histories of the black community in America. From the cotton picked in southern plantations to the intricate patchwork quilts made from scraps of old clothes, there’s resilience and resourcefulness that is woven into the threads of black history in the United States.
Letitia presents work from her series “40 Acres...Gumbo Ya Ya,” referencing the unfulfilled promise of land to formerly enslaved individuals in post-civil-war America, and the Cajun phrase meaning everybody is talking at once. She stretches images of rural Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas printed on fabric over embroidery hoops, referencing domestic work and handmaid heirlooms which cultivate sentimental value over generations instead of monetary value as the land would have if the promise were kept.
Calling attention to two textiles that tell histories and hold sentimental value, Sedrick’s large-scale oil paintings are visceral and personal portraits of individuals in memorial t-shirts whose backgrounds often feature quilts. The t-shirts, a contemporary trend used to immortalize loved ones with fashion sit in contrast to the traditional artisan craft of quilting that allowed the black community to pass histories and images through the generations and which have been popularly elevated in the contemporary art world by artists, Faith Ringgold and the quilters of Gees Bend.
Together, the work of Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby interweaves images of people and places asking us to value the everyday individuals and the forgotten locations that contribute to the larger story of this country.
Venue: HSA Gallery
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