Dell, 2019, Jasmine Murrell

The Unknown One

Jasmine Murrell

Opening Reception: February 5, 2020 |6 – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: February 5 – EXTENDED TO March 14, 2020
Coffee Talks: February 6 & 13, 2020 | 4 – 5pm
Conversation: with Curator/Executive Director of No Longer Empty
Christine Licata | Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 6-8pm

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is pleased to present The Unknown One (Reimagining the singular as a collection of One) by 2019 Workspace Resident Jasmine Murrell, opening February 5, 2020, and on view through March 14, 2020. This exhibition, comprised of new photographic and photo-sculptural works, explores representation, oral tradition, and the expression of strength through portraiture.

In The Unknown One (Reimaging the singular as a collection of One) artist Jasmine Murrell pays homage to the oldest members of her community. Murrell reframes the traditional portrait using video, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, to present a more inclusive alternative to the classic/postmodern nude figure in contemporary art. Murrell draws from an eclectic range of aesthetic and theoretical influences ranging from abstraction, feminism, post-colonialism, indigenous artisans, Afro-Futurism, Négritude, magic realism, Dadaism, the Detroit avant garde theater, science fiction, and musical pieces such as those by visionary jazz composer Sun Ra.

The exhibition features wall mounted sculptures created through layering photographs of the female body (placed on a variety of substrates including canvas, paper, wood, and fabric) with found objects, and marking their surfaces with silkscreen and paint. The subjects of the photographs are women adorned in headdresses sculpted by Murrell. She describes the headdress as a method of psychological transformation, and the women as being connected through a larger consciousness in their ability to work against adversity.

Jasmine Murrell transforms the female body as something beyond its surface. Her bodies are marked with time, experience, story, and beauty. She asks her audience to assimilate the disparate parts she has presented, and the result is a singular goddess that engages various conversations around the body, expressions of power, and the importance of oral traditions in art.

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Pass Through, 2019

Grey Matter

Betsy Kenyon

Opening Reception: March 4, 2020 | 6–8 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 4 – April 18, 2020
Coffee Talk: Postponed until further notice

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is pleased to present Grey Matter by artist Betsy Kenyon and curated by Melanie Willhide, opening March 4, 2020, and on view through April 18, 2020.

How does one quantify or describe the experience of nonrepresentational, nonfigurative photography consisting only of gradient forms and geometric patterns — the kind of abstraction afforded traditionally to painters and sculptors? Grey Matter,  Betsy Kenyon’s ongoing exploration of both traditional and invented darkroom techniques engenders the experience of form itself. The work plays with dimension, depth, and perspective, and suggests values of minimalism and psychedelia, free of literal subject matter, narrative, humanism, or statement. Kenyon deftly challenges the boundaries of photography, offers a new vision for the medium, and gifts us a greyscale language that is simple as it is profound.

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