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Opening Reception for Oasa Duverney: Black Power Wave

A large-scale drawing of a graphite wave that uses allegorical and natural imagery to confront cultural networks and hierarchies as a symbol of protest.

Date

WED, DEC 4, 2019 | 7-9PM

Cost

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Location

Project Room at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Oasa Duverney, Black Power Wave, 2019

JOIN US AT THE OPENING RECEPTION: Wed, Dec 4, 2019 from 7-9PM

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: Dec 5, 2019 - Feb 2, 2020

CURATED BY JENNY GEROW

 


This exhibition is centered around several iterations of large-scale, multi-dimensional graphite drawings of waves — an allegorical exploration of how black power and  bodies in protest resonate in contemporary society. Like a wave coming together in a single motion, there is strength in communal movement. Duverney’s waves express a gathering energy; a forward momentum of an accumulating force that is released in a moment of catharsis. Through these waves, the artist depicts the inherent nature of social uprisings and of the individual’s role in mobilizing, both drawing and contributing to a force flows and resonates through multiple bodies. 

A central figure in this narrative is Duverney’s 17-year old son, Stokely Moses Amaru, pictured on the center wall and framed by the wave. His presence in the installation, with a steady yet veiled gaze, acts as an embodiment of youth, both innocent and protector. Duverney’s installation immerses the viewer in a symbolic language powerfully wrought in graphite and, through this, in the complexities of otherness adapted from the natural and political landscape. For Duverney, this encounter with  black power becomes all enveloping, or, as the artist states, a “universal experience as necessary as water.” 

Oasa Duverney is a 2019-20 recipient of the ArtFP, an open call for Brooklyn-based visual artists to exhibit at BRIC House.

 



ABOUT THE ARTIST

Oasa DuVerney was born in Queens, NY. Selected group exhibitions include:Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem,  BRIC, and Postmasters Gallery, all NYC. She has taken part in following residencies: BRIC Workspace, Rush Philanthropic Foundation, Smack Mellon, and LMCC Workspace Residency, all in NY. DuVerney along with Mildred Beltre is part of the artist collaborative Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine.

Venue Information:

The Project Room, located adjacent to the Gallery in BRIC House is an added resource for video work, BRIC's emerging curator program, small-scale exhibitions and experimental curatorial projects. 

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