Shade Compositions SFMoMA 2012
Still image from a live performance at SFMoMA, 2012
25 April – 29 May 2013
Hezi Cohen Gallery is pleased to present Shade Compositions, first solo exhibition in Israel for New York artist Rashaad Newsome.
Shade Compositions, Rashaad Newsome’s ongoing project, is a series of performances, combining improvisatory orchestral music with live video-mixing, conducted by the artist using hacked Nintendo® Wii™ game controllers.
The exhibition at Hezi Cohen Gallery is dedicated to a sequence of video works that combine documented performances with 'Screen Tests' by which Newsome explores how culturally specific or stereotypical gestures, movements, and vocalizations are performed by different people. These videos also act as the material used in his choreographed sound score.
Through collage and repetition, Newsome divorces gestures of speech and movement from their original context and conventional significance. In this way, he de-semanticises the codes of body language. Newsome transforms his staged performers into aesthetic figures, whose fragmentary nature allows them to function as a collection of universal codes. The set of polyrhythmic, serial compositions arranged by Newsome reveals an expressive power that leaves these gestures open to interpretation, rather than fixed to the labels from which they were removed.
The set of works featured in the exhibition includes the latest version of the series, which debuted in October 2012 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA).
Rashaad Newsome (b. 1979, New Orleans) lives and works in New York. His previous exhibitions include Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012), New Museum, New York (2011), Marlborough Gallery - Chelsea, New York (2011), MoMA PS1 (2010), the Whitney Museum, New York (2010), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2012), the last three also featured a live performance. In addition, he participated in the Venice Biennale (2011) and the Whitney Biennial (2010). Among his upcoming projects this year is an exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. His works are included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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