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Simone Leigh | Queen Bee

January 10 - February 14, 2009


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Opening Reception: January 10, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Leigh’s sculptures are fetishistic, militaristic, feminate and historical. She investigates the self, tropes of the ethnographic object, the black body and labor by using materials associated with ideologies such as the black liberation movements of the 70’s and feminisms. Her recent hybrid sculptural works evoke the Pan-Africanist references and space themed gestures of Afro-Futurism.

Queen Bee catalogs iconography of varied histories in the formation of black identity. Queen Bee is constructed with watermelon shaped objects that have been coated with graphite referencing early 20th Cent. Minstrelsy. These terracotta forms are marked with boot imprints. Then chandelier form is ornamented with radio antennae that are driven in like Central African nkisis (power objects) and project out, like Sputnik.

Through Leigh’s elastic borrowing from the past, a future is imagined through the use of materials that have recently been relegated to the realms of the archaic. Leigh uses the chandelier, diorama and other forms associated with empire reconsidering both the idea of the jewel and the fetish.

Simone Leigh is currently artist in residence at Hunter College. She’s had an active schedule of shows since 2000. In 2008, she exhibited in RUSH Arts Gallery Project Space, New York, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, Aljira, Newark, NJ, The Kitchen, New York, NY, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY, Ava Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, and Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY


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