Black Things in White Spaces

Dominique Duroseau

Main Gallery, Gallery Aferro
September 23rd – October 28th, 2017
Curated by Jeanne Brasile
Opening Reception September 23rd, 7-10 PM @ Gallery Aferro

Duroseau creates narratives. She documents, cross-examines, creates cultural hybridizations. She de-contextualizes/re-contextualizes texts, topics, and issues on Black Culture’s constant striving within today’s society. She works within the cusp of her cultures as Haitian, American, and African Diaspora, then links unresolved issues across time as a political strategy. This takes into account the nuances of language and mannerisms, while illuminating social issues and injustice; depicting contemporary struggles against indifference, coded vernacular, and entrenched economic dispositions.

The issues addressed in her works may at first seem outdated and irrelevant, but instead have actually remained persistent, and morphed. The work folds in residuals of colonial influence, women’s issues, and criticism of imperialist white-supremacist patriarchal cultures.

Dominique Duroseau is a Newark-based artist born in Chicago, raised in Haiti. Her interdisciplinary practice explores themes of racism, socio-cultural issues, and existential dehumanization; it questions the roles we play in society, highlights the fractures within the Black race, and emphasizes the oft-ignored objectification of women. The work creates narratives which document and focus on different overlapping elements in Black culture’s constant striving within today’s society; these take into account language, culture, injustice, coded vernaculars, entrenched economic dispositions, and depicts our contemporary struggles against indifference.

Exhibitions, performances, and screenings include SATELLITE ART and PULSE Play in Miami; The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, A.I.R. Gallery, BronxArtSpace, Rush Arts Gallery and Smack Mellon in New York City; Index Arts, Project for Empty Space, and Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ. She is an artist-in-residence at Gallery Aferro, and has curated “RAW FORMS FORUM,” a Performance Art group exhibition, at the Newark Museum. Duroseau holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the New Jersey School of Architecture and a Master of Arts in Fine Arts from Kean University.

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No Words

Evonne Davis

Liminal Gallery, Gallery Aferro
September 23rd – October 28th, 2017
Opening Reception September 23rd, 7-10 PM @ Gallery Aferro

The difficulties and urgency of communication inspire Evonne Davis’ freeform text works. These works on paper made on a vintage typewriter along with large, text-based, silkscreen prints move freely between different modes of speech; colloquial and clinical, isolating phrases out of context to create new potential narratives in a variety of emotional tones. In one piece, we appear to be reading direct transcription of an institutional trauma intake of some kind, but the trauma may itself be institutionally induced. The ambiguity is haunting.

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John Pugh

Elevator Installation, 2nd Floor Gallery Aferro
September 23rd – October 28th, 2017
Curated by Jacob Mandel
Opening Reception September 23rd, 7-10 PM @ Gallery Aferro

This piece was composed using a feedback loop and three pitch shifter effects pedals. The signal was produced from one microphone, moving within a space 5 ft X 4 ft X 11 ft which is slightly larger than the typical dimensions of an Otis elevator. The feedback signal rises and falls and then contorts and expands as the spacial dimensions change. This repetitive ascension/descension in tone imitates the work-a-day function of the elevator, while the chaotic aberrations in tone imitate the inherent deviations that inevitably occur. These deviations are due to wear and tear, mechanical failure, human interaction, weather conditions, natural disasters and any number of random accidents. The repetition of service is where we place our unspoken faith every time we step into an elevator. But imbedded in our primal instincts is the fear that this time, this trip, something might go wrong. We may be stuck between floors for hours, or worse, plummet past floors within seconds. This creeping dread is present in the piece; the musical antithesis of Muzak which was invented as a means of muting that dread while the passenger rides in the elevator. The piece invites a further exploration of the ways in which we put our lives in the hands of mechanical, non-human systems everyday, and the dire consequences of its failure. These themes of faith vs. fear, technology vs. time, and the untameable beast of chaos run through our culture, society and politics more deeply than ever.

John Pugh is a musician and sound artist living and working in New York City since 2001. He was born and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas playing in punk and experimental groups such as Jet Jangua, The Rat Finks, Uptown Prophets, Rebel Android and No City No State. During that time he was a co-founder and organizer of the Das Yutes A Go Go Arts Center located in the downtown area, which hosted many free music performances as well as art shows, film screenings, poetry readings, activist meetings, while providing a communal space for the local homeless community and at-risk youth.

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Resistance Across Time: Interference Archive


The Window Gallery at Express Newark
2nd Floor, 54 Halsey Street, Newark NJ 07102
Exhibition on view from September 20, 2017 to February 18, 2018

“Resistance Across Time” is a selection of posters from Interference Archive meant to remind viewers of the long history of social movements led by and in support of women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and the rights and safety of people of color. Social movements and the fight for justice, fairness and equality have being taking place for centuries of human history. In the U.S. the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties is often taught and discussed as the most defining series of actions and events towards social justice. Archives like Interference’s show us that the struggle is multifaceted, ceaseless, and ever evolving.

Movements often help us develop and employ the language that we use to describe our experiences and desires, that language is developed within the context of time, community and people, and that language changes to reflect the charging atmosphere and evolving contexts that it functions to serve.

This exhibition is created to honor the women, LGBTQ people and people of color who have led the way in the past, often at great personal sacrifice and high cost, while also encouraging next generation social justice warriors to learn from our history while they develop and create new methodologies and practices to try and carry us forward toward a better future for all people.

Interference Archive is an all-volunteer run community archive in Brooklyn, New York. The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements.

Curated by Evonne M. Davis, co-founder and Artistic Director of Gallery Aferro. Established in 2003, Gallery Aferro brings cultural education and aesthetic engagement with contemporary issues to all people equally, creating an environment where artists can gather and share physical and intellectual resources.

The Paul Robeson Galleries’ programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and by private donations. We are also supported by Express Newark, the Robeson Campus Center and the Cultural Programming Committee, Rutgers University-Newark.

This event coincides with the opening reception of “Justseeds: Migration Now!” and Betty ‘Zine Fest 2017. Click the links below for more information.