Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 at 12:00pm
Uzumaki Cepeda: Safe Space features a tableau of plush everyday objects and furred household goods in a living room interior and garden landscape. Complicating reality and the imaginary, Uzumaki constructs a disorienting fur environment grounded in ordinary household goods, furniture, and references from popular culture, in her own interpretation of a safe space where Black and brown are welcome to exist as they are. Soft corners and plush grounds invite touch, tenderness, and play, while overwhelmingly bright and bold colors are mismatched together. Her soft, brightly-colored faux fur transforms ordinary spaces and discarded objects into kaleidoscopic environments that offer us another possible world—vibrant, inclusive, and safe for everyone.
Juliana “Uzumaki” Cepeda (Bronx-born, Los Angeles-based) makes sculptures, paintings, installations, collage, and photography that examine how senses of safety, comfort, and agency are negotiated through objects and space. As a first-generation American woman of Dominican heritage, Uzumaki’s textile tableau act as safe spaces for Black and brown people who feel unprotected by American public life and policies. Her practice consists of transforming everyday, often found objects with brightly-colored faux fur to create interactive installations informed by traditional iconography of domestic spaces. Uzumaki’s dream-like and vibrant work draws from her childhood imagination growing up both on the islands of the Dominican Republic and in the Bronx. Uzumaki Cepeda’s interactive installations have been shown at the Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (2018) Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Art Mûr Montreal, Canada (2018); Agenda Show, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Reparations Club Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2019), Complex Con, Long Beach, CA (2016 and 2019), Refinery29 Rooms (2019). She has been featured in print and digital publications including Forbes, Teen Vogue, Paper, NYLON, i-D, Hypeallergic, L.A. Weekly and The Fader.
Curated by Uzumaki Cepeda + Amy Andrieux
Featuring artistic works by Uzumaki Cepeda
Exhibition Date: September 20, 2019 - November 3 2019
Students $4 (with valid current student id)
Friday, Nov 22, 2019 at 10:30am
Mcgoldrick Public Library
Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 at 8:00am
Staten Island University Hospital South
Staten Island, NY
Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 at 9:00am
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