Hail We Now Sing Joy

 

RASHID JOHNSON

American, b. 1977, Chicago, IL, United States, based in New York, NY, United States

Rashid Johnson’s practice is defined by its critical evocations and entangling of racial and cultural identity, African American history, and mysticism.

Many of his early works took the form of conceptual photography, though Johnson eventually expanded his practice to include wall-based works that engage the legacy of painting, sculptural installation, and assemblage using manufactured materials like shea butter, books records, and incense. “The goal,” Johnson explains, “is for all of the materials to miscegenate into a new language, with me as its author.” Johnson also exercises a range of mark-making techniques—like scoring, scraping, engraving, and branding—using self-made tools.

photography:
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
words:artsy.net 

 

“ONE OF THE FOUR OR FIVE MOST IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ARTISTS.” —FORBES

Hail We Now Sing Joy

is an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by acclaimed Chicago native Rashid Johnson. Using his signature materials of white ceramic tile, red oak flooring, shea butter, black soap, and wax, Johnson examines themes of race, history, yearning, anxiety, and escape and investigates the relationship between art, society, and personal identity. Fourteen of the artist’s large-scale works will fill the Museum’s entire feature exhibition space; their impact is as monumental as their size.