Jerry Gogosian AM Art Radio Ep. 11 : An Interview with Kenturah Davis

By Jerry Gogosian

May 27, 2020 Hello internet, it's Jerry Gogosian. I hope you and your family are doing well in these troubling times. It's been a while since I last released an episode of the podcast. Like many of you, life got real real and I have had to really focus on the brass and tacks for a while. However, during all of this, I’ve had the privilege of reflection. Time to finally start absorbing the reality of where we’ve come to as a species, as a culture, as a community of art lovers, as an industry… The inevitability of change is here and its time to start deciding what we want to do about it. (This is a longer conversation meant for another time.) ***But, I'm good. There will be several more podcast releases in the coming weeks so you have that to look forward to.  For this episode, I decided to speak with the artist Kenturah Davis about her paintings and her practice's relationship liminality, language, and how textiles manage to weave their way into the history of human communication. It was truly a pleasure and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did. But before we get started, I wanted to announce that after much searching for a quality Zoe + Chloe, I think I’ve found him. That's right. His name is Gunner Dongieux.  I decided to record our interview to get your opinion. What do you think? Is he a good hire? Is he a Zoe or a Chloe? ________ Kenturah Davis lives and works in Los Angeles, CA with regular trips to Accra, Ghana. The artist earned her BA from Occidental College, CA and MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2018. Davis recently opened her first solo institutional exhibition, Everything That Cannot Be Known at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum (SCAD) in February (2020). Other solo and two-person exhibitions include Blur in the Interest of Precision, Matthew Brown Los Angeles (2019); a two-person exhibition with Desmond Lewis at Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN in coordination with the traveling venue, Seed Space (2019); and Narratives and Meditations (2014) and sonder (2013), Papillion, Los Angeles. Public projects include Four Women, a commissioned mural by Alliance Francaise to commemorate International Women’s Day, in Accra, Ghana and Metamorphose, comprised of five portraits commissioned by architect Elliott Barnes, featured in Barnes’ installation at the Lâ Exposition AD Interieurs, Paris, France. Her work has been in institutional presentations in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Recent exhibitions include Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, curated by Essence Harden and Leigh Raiford at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2019); Punch, curated by Nina Chanel Abney, at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA (2019); and Afrocosmologies: American Reflections, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (2019). Other notable institutional exhibitions include: Must Risk Delight, organized in collaboration with the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Linked in Tradition, Inspiring in Vision: A Selection of Works by African American Women Artists, Robert and Frances Museum of Art, San Bernadino, CA (2017); Black Joy, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2016); We Must Risk Delight, at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Venice Biennale (2015); The Silence of Ordinary Things, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2015); i:23, The Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama, Japan (2014); An American Water Margin, Ucity Museum, Guangzhou, China (2014); Mass Attack, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA (2013); and Mis-Design, Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne, Australia (2011). --- Send in a voice message:

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