Artist | Body Politics | Yale MFA 2010 #felandusthames
Historically, I resisted the urge to make quick gestures in my practice to reflect current events and prefer to allow things to steep for a while. I have been able to look at moments in history that speak to the present. But these are not typical times . Since brothers have been catching a whole lot of hell for a long time now and my close friends and brothers have been those same people on the ground gasping for air......... “I Can’t Breathe” 24” x 18” x 3” Beard brushes on a wooden panel 2020 (private collection ) #felandusthames #blackartmatters #icantbreathe #contemporaryart #conceptualart #yalealumni
Excited and honored to be paired with Hortense Spiller in the latest A-Line Journal. Thank you @richblint for including me. The link is in my bio under: “Apacolaspe Now and Then” #felandusthames #theA -line #richblint #blackartmatters #bodypolitics #blackbodies #hortensespillers #visualculture
“Stolen Moments” Hairbeads on coated wire and aluminum rod H: 39” x W: 24” x 1” 2019-20 Finally pulled myself to finish this piece tonite. A self portrait created from the first photo taken in an integrated environment without Black authorship. This work is an attempt to re-author this images without the “Gaze.” #felandusthames #blackart #selfportrait
“Reframing” 80” x 48” x 1” Hairbeads on coated wire with aluminum rod 2020 Pleased to announce my participation in a forthcoming show at @utaartistspace curated by @galeriemyrtis which opens early next week. The show will appear as an online exhibition and will be followed by a traditional show at their Beverly Hills gallery. Thank you ahead of time for your support and I will update you as details become available.
“The Problem with You” Installations size varies 2016 The quote is from a series of short poem by Amiri Baraka called “Lokus.” According to Baraka, the loku is the brother man’s version of the haiku which comments on black life. Amiri lamented that “brothers ain’t got time to count all those syllables.” #felandusthames #massincarcerations #surveillance #Amiribaraka #TBT #blackart #bluespeople
Photo by Roland Freeman #blackout
Pleased to announce my participation in the exhibition “The View from Here” at @artspacenh curated by @sfritche . Featured Artists Include: Jacob Broussard, Dymin Ellis, Kathryn Frund, Alex Jackson, Eben Kling & Aude Jomini, Abbie Kundishora, Tom Reilly, Felandus Thames and Lilly Zuckerman. Engaging the notion of social distancing, this exhibition is comprised of large scale works and can be viewed from the street. Please check out Artspace New Haven’s website for more details. Artspace |50 Orange St. New Haven, CT 06510 https://artspacenewhaven.org
RIP Dr. David Driskell
#latergram Finally had a chance to see @nickcaveart exhibition at the @msmuseumart this past weekend. Although the exhibition has since closed, here are a few high points. Press release: Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959 ) produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. His creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A deeper look reveals that they speak to issues surrounding identity and social justice, specifically race, gun violence, and civic responsibility. His trademark human-shaped sculptures—called soundsuits because of the noise made when they move—began as a response to the beating of Rodney King by policemen in Los Angeles more than 25 years ago. As an African-American man, Cave felt particularly vulnerable after the incident, so he formed a type of armor that protected him from profiling by concealing race, gender, and class. Along with broadcasting an increasingly urgent call for equity, Cave wants his art to spark viewers’ imaginations and aspirations.