See what Artists in Residence Rodney Ewing and Kori Newkirk have been working on in their Project Space studios at this reception celebrating the artists. Continue the conversation: stay for a family-style Sunday Supper following the reception at 6:30PM.
Rodney Ewing: The Devil Finds Work
Oakland-based artist Rodney Ewing (AIR ’19) delves into a host of references to explore the topic of race in his new body of work, The Devil Finds Work. Illuminating personal stories and memories, he draws on the Green-Book, the story of H. Box Brown (a slave who shipped himself to freedom), and recent accounts of state-supported violence against African Americans. Ewing’s installations and works on paper chronicle how the Black Body has had to evolve to move through physical, social, and psychological spaces in the United States, and the continued resilience and defiance required to survive.
For Kori Newkirk (AIR ’19), “the idea dictates the material.” Pony beads, hair pomade, bicycle tires, tin cans, his own sweat and saliva—the artist has used them all. Whimsical yet thought-provoking, his sculptures and two-dimensional visual works transform everyday materials to elucidate the human condition, delving especially into ideas of racialized identity and their connection to place. During his residency, he will investigate the environment in and around Headlands, incorporating locally found objects to create a new work.
Photo: Andria Lo