New Talk Art!!!! Russell & Robert speak with leading artist Kenturah Davis from her studio in Los Angeles.Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, textiles, sculpture and performances.
Kenturah Davis lives and works between Los Angeles and Accra, Ghana. The artist earned her BA from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2018. Her work was included in Punch, curated by Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, in 2019. The Savannah College of Art and Design presented Everything That Cannot Be Known, a solo exhibition of her work, in 2020. Public projects include a major commission by the Los Angeles Metro Rail to create large-scale, site specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening in 2021, and Four Women, a commissioned mural by Alliance Francaise to commemorate International Women’s Day, in Accra, Ghana.
(a)Float, (a)Fall, (a)Dance, (a)Death is Kenturah Davis’s first solo exhibition in New York at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery and runs until 19th June 2021. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Matthew Brown, Los Angeles.
Special thanks to Kenturah and to Pippy Houldsworth Gallery for introducing us for this extraordinary episode. Learn more at @MatthewBrownLA and view images of Kenturah's current solo exhibition @JeffreyDeitchGallery.
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