Monday, April 28, 2014

NEW YORK: Cullen Washington Jr.

Cullen Washington artwork via
Outer Space / Out of Mind
May 1 – May 31, 2014

515 West 26th Street
New York, NY


Cullen Washington Jr.’s first solo exhibition in New York City will offer a glimpse into the development of the artist’s collage and assemblage paintings that are abstract from conception to completion – not abstracted from something in particular.  These works are free of symbolic associations with reality, dealing with mark making as a reflected interest in structure, movement, and constructive interconnection of elements challenging notions of surface. Working within “the grid,” an x/y axis, Washington continues to seek out the invisible lattices that hold the universe together, resulting in a topographically diverse still frame of un-formed, indefinable elements.

Cullen Washington Jr. was born in 1972 in Alexandria, Louisiana. He holds an MFA from Tuft’s University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Washington’s most recent solo-exhibition for his Untitled and No-things series were hosted by Jack Bell Gallery in London. As a 2012-13 Artist-in-Residence, his work was recently shown in Things in Themselves, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, as well as the 2012 deCordova Biennial in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He is currently included in Black in the Abstract, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and The Land Before Words at the Boston University Museum.  Recent acquisitions have been made by the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Saatchi Gallery, London, where he will be included in the group exhibition Abstract America Today opening May 20, 2014.  Washington was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Program in 2009.

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