The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
I use digital manipulation and production of imagery as a modern black mirror of divination , a way to reveal both my internal identity and examine the obscured desires of others. Via the heightening of inherent color and compression of both physical and conceptual space my work examines the overlapping worlds of identity and emotional memory . As a form of self-care and exorcism the work draws upon motifs within ascetic and shamanistic practices. using my body and eroticized images of queer black men through them I entreat the viewer to acknowledge the abjection and otherness associated with african bodies in homonational spaces. Through the creation of altars and shrines I induct the viewer into a porto-formed world, an unattainable afrofuturist utopia. A space where my body and identity are not fixed or defined by the static criteria of historically shaped identity.
I use both my own image and erotic depictions of ethnic men to question the place of those bodies within queer worlds. Along with being a medium to examine the intangible split between being fully western and not truly African , a member of a lost tribe searching for a cruelly promised utopia. I am currently finding an aesthetic synthesis between camp and artifice as both shield and transcendental meditation. A meditation through stitch and layering to reach heightened realms , spaces manifested to analyze my desires concerning belonging and their divergence from the proposed codes of homonational normality. Through the digital I summon perceptual gates where the absurdity of antiquated definition of gay black identity and black masculinity are highlighted within coded symbolism. Coupled with the creation of a compressed spaces devoid of coherent references to time,space, and narrative. A zone where afrofuturism is not rooted in the mundane but in the limitless possibility of potential and divinatory examination.