June 22, 2019 5:00 pm
A Thousand Plateaus : Chris Berntsen, Camille Hoffman, Kambui Olujimi, Patrice Renee Washington
Curated by Hank Willis Thomas
June 15 – August 17, 2019
Jenkins Johnson Project
207 Ocean Avenue
Jenkins Johnson Projects, New York, is pleased to present A Thousand Plateaus, a group exhibition curated by Hank Willis Thomas with Daphne Takahashi, featuring new works by Chris Berntsen, Camille Hoffman, Kambui Olujimi, and Patrice Renee Washington. The title draws upon the 1980 philosophical text A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari which examines the idea of “assemblage” – an entity that is composed of multiple component parts that are not static or fixed. With its roots in the French word agencement, “assemblage” translates narrowly to English as “arrangement”, “fitting”, or “fixing”.
This exhibition examines the ways in which these artists use collage and assemblage as a means to deconstruct a fixed identity and discover one that is fluid with multiple functionalities. The artists in this exhibition draw upon both societal and personal history to address issues related to modality, mobility, and identity. Composed of found objects or images with symbolic and historic significance, the works in this exhibition convey the simultaneous states of becoming and unbecoming, constructing and deconstructing, liberation and confinement