Torkwase Dyson: Unkeeping
Industry City Gallery 220 36th Street
March 10–April 11, 2016 Friday–Sunday, 12pm–6pm or by appointment

Unkeeping surveys two years of Torkwase Dyson’s research into minimal geometric abstraction. She shows artworks, including drawings, paintings, and sculptures, which seem to map auction blocks, garrets, and lynching sites. By abstracting these places, she strives to create humanist narrative instead.

Dyson has developed a mobile studio that allows her to live off the grid. As Dyson explains, “A nomadic and autonomous practice helps me represent more complex human experiences." The exhibition also engages Dyson’s investigations of black spatial matters and her deep interest in journalist Ida B. Wells and Caribbean theorist Sylvia Wynter.

Torkwase Dyson was selected by Eyebeam for a residency focusing on contemporary art and collaborative forms of architectural practice. As a Research Resident from 2014 to 2016, she received studio space, equipment and a major research grant. This exhibition collects three series of work: Auction Block, Strange Fruit and Garrett Between.
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