'Stay Woke' (trailer)
_ 'Stay Woke' (edit) @ 'EMPIRE II' Venice Bienalle 2017
_'Native' sculpture image billboard Dec 2016 through February 2017
2015. Concrete, steel, silicone, plastic. 14 x 175cms x 30cms
‘Weaponized Concrete’ was a term conjured by George Zimmerman’s lawyer to posit a pavement scuffle as justifiable cause for the murder of Trayvon Martin. 13 concrete busts named for either an activist or victim of racially motivated killings, spanning time and geography. Marked with forename only, ‘Mike’ could be Mike Brown or could be me. A statement of hope and broken promise, of internal treasure and unexpected growth, they erupt with life, golden brains, neon hearts, crystal minds. Eye-level, unavoidable, precious in their destruction, lovingly repaired cared for and put on a pedestal, lives named and reclaimed. The original intention was to make a sculpture each time another case hit the news but that became impossible as names mounted up. The 14th pole is empty, there to point the finger at this present moment, to ask what are the conditions that make these acts possible.
8mins dir. M.Williams 2015
An exploded moment. Through a series of monologues a man learns to listen to the intricate intellect of his subconscious, the lines of instinct, experience, choice and bravery that weave into any decision. An abstract sequence of inner-selves that dissect, examine, encourage and re-engage him, leading us back to the world and maybe onto something higher.
Resin, Crystals. 5cm x 3cm x 12 cm. 2014
Waterbased Emulsion, Polythene sheet. 12ftx12ft. 2014
Enamel paint, Polythene sheet. 12ft x 18ft. 2015
Melilla is a North African city with a giant security fence. It is technically ‘Spanish’ as such it has become a crossing point for migrants. The painting is taken directly from Reuters press reports at the border and cctv stills in early 2015. The media broadstroke was of the awful tide of immigration, black Africans crawling into the west. I decided to invert this reading, replacing the figures faces on the fence with great black artists thinkers writers performers leaders. From Toni Morrison to Fredrick Douglas, Marsha P Johnson and Junot Diaz, Kanye and David Kato. I’m asking the audience to see beyond the right wing narrative to the humanity behind, under different circumstances these people could have been writers, musicians, scientists, novelists, any one of those figures on the fence are as valid and important as we are. The collapsed figure being helped down off the fence (entirely documentary not constructed) reminded me of a ‘Pieta’ earning its halo of gold leaf. Painted in monotone blue with the intent to mock the social construct of ‘race’, all the figures are “black” except they aren’t they're blue.
Core Samples I_
CORE SAMPLES I (10.000 ATMOSPHERES)
Acetate, dust, crystals, steel, earth, iron, seeds, superglue, acrylic. 53 x 3cm x 4cm x 25cm. 2013
Core samples taken from imaginary planets. Geology and topography named after marginalised characters or histories from our world. Each vessel contains a core of alien soil, some have fractured in transit, others have expanded or contracted under earth's different atmospheric pressure.
seydou keita hydrothermal vent (kuiper belt variant)
area boy gas giant (kepler-4)
trayvon parallax supernova
outer james baldwin
homo-africanus descent from the cross (gas giant)
thx1138. scorned woman ice core
drake hyfr isotope C12
ionized haints moan
dwarf basquiat andromeda (lunar core)
katrina event horizon core
rings of gladwell boreal core
marsha p johson lateral drift
love in vain gas levee core
A new series that looks at gender in pre-colonial Africa. Relics from rulers with diverse sexualities and gender expressions. Factual non-binary Black histories. Talismans raised from the deep mid-Atlantic Mariana Trench.