School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
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Mon, Nov 9, 2020 09:00AM EST - Mon, Nov 23, 2020 08:00PM EST
Lot 51

Exquisite Corpse — SAMANTHA NYE, GESSICA SILVERMAN, CULLEN WASHINGTON, JR.

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SAMANTHA NYE, BFA 10
GESSICA SILVERMAN, Post-Bac 10, Studio Diploma 11
CULLEN WASHINGTON, JR. MFA 09

Exquisite Corpse Project for the SMFA at Tufts, 2020

Price: $3000

DESCRIPTION: Ink; Prismacolor fine line archival ink; collaged collagraph on Hahnemühle copperplate paper on 11x17 Lenox 90lb paper.

To be framed by Around The Corner Framing.

CURATOR STATEMENT:

This work illustrates how filling gaps with creativity can evoke powerful pleasures. Whether carnal, verbal or visual, the expressions captured seem to amplify each other. Samantha Nye gives the piece its “head” with an illustration of that slang between bodies both lithe and sexily saggy. Nye repeats the oral act above the page’s fold and again along the sides, echoing the image into a pattern of interconnections, like a spreading family tree of Queer love.

Cullen Washington, Jr. received Nye’s work and chose to abstractly explore orality along the bottom of the page. The collage fragment is drawn from his Agora series of major paintings. As he notes: “Agora means to speak in the assembly. The assembly is the space where diverse peoples can be heard, intentions expressed and human connection exemplified.” Using collagraphy, itself an assembly of collaged texture that is inked and impressed on another surface, Washington leaves a gap of open space, a quiet to be filled.

Gessica Silverman received the page with the challenge to link the sections. She found lines and volumes from each to amplify within her own patterns, intersecting like teeth, nashing or nipping with joy.

--Jen Mergel (November 2, 2020)

Follow @samantha_nye_studio to see similarly sensual videos & paintings, like what she showed in Michelle Miller Fisher’s 2020 show Craft School at @shelterinplacegallery.

Follow @gessicasilverman whose new IG account tracks her graphic pandemic pattern works, a transition from her vibrant wearable mandala fabrics at gessicasilverman.com.

Follow @cullenwashingtonjr whose works are in Major collections, including the Met, Studio Museum, and Joyner/Guiffrida Collection, and whose Agora series was subject of a recent solo exhibition The Public Square at University of Michigan Museum of Art.
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