VOLTA New York

Pier 90
West 50th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Booth A-11

December 2 - 7, 2014


Jefferson Pinder, “Assimilation”, neon, charcoal, 72” x 24” x 18”, 2009

Curator's Office is delighted to present work by Jefferson Pinder at VOLTA NY, March 5 - 8, at VOLTA's new location at Pier 90, right next to its sister fair, The Armory Show.

Jefferson Pinder (born 1970), a noted American performance and multi-media artist, wrestles with issues of contemporary blackness, identity, masculinity and strength in American culture and the African diaspora. His experimental videos feature performances that reference music videos, ritual, and physical theatre and underscore themes of endurance and heroics.

His "Afro-cosmonaut/Alien (White Noise)" video, photographs, and black glitter objects allude to Afrofuturism, which combines elements of science fiction, Afro-centricity, and fantasy. Afrofuturism proposes a realm in outer space where gravity doesn't hold you down or back, and harmonious communal scenarios can be imagined.

Pinder’s work provokes commentary about identity, race, and struggle through his use of neon, found and made objects. "Moriaen’s Shadow" includes old church organ pipes that the artist inverts; it simultaneously refers to the only Moorish protagonist Jefferson Pinder mentioned in the medieval Lancelot canon but also evokes the ghosts of churches burned by the Ku Klux Klan. The neon work, "Assimilation", an outline of the artist’s body, addresses the fiction of a post-racial society from a personal and physical perspective.

His work has been featured in numerous group shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, The High Museum in Atlanta, and the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. Although he considers his work to have a regional style and flavor, he stresses the universality of his themes and travels around the globe to seek inspiration. Pinder has spent time in Dakar, Mexico City, Khartoum and Hanoi working on projects that deal with race, identity and social mobility. Pinder’s work was featured at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition "Recognize". In the spring of 2012 his performance piece "Ben-Hur" was featured at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Pinder earned his BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland, and studied at the Asolo Theatre Conservatory in Sarasota, FL. In 2000, he returned to the University of Maryland to receive his MFA in Mixed Media. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Contemporary Practices department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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