Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond

Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond

Courtesy of the artist April Bey's Picky Head (2014)


Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 24 2016

Location Info:

California African American Museum
600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA  90037
Kathie Foley-Meyer’s Brown People, Glass House looks as you’d expect from the title. There’s a clear, see-through house made of white neon and glass plates, enclosed in a Plexiglas case. Inside, dark figures that look something like gingerbread men stand clumsily in various rooms. A digital frame set up in the house’s front room shows home photos of an African-American family. A sleek idea of modernism thus collides with lowbrow quaintness. Foley-Meyer’s house appears in the show "Hard-Edge" at the California African American Museum, which focuses on artists of African descent who employ tropes of geometric abstraction. But the approach these artists take is grittier and more charged than better-known California hard-edge painters. Enoch Mack plays word games with his shaped canvas. April Bey pools hair relaxer on grids of photos of people wearing their hair naturally, even though natural is still so often frowned upon.


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