Co-curated by Jehra Patrick, Law Warschaw Gallery Director and Curator, and Susannah Magers, an Oakland-based independent curator and writer, Material Futurity brings together contemporary artists from across the United States working in video, performance, sculpture, fiber, painting, digital projects, and mixed media. These artists’ practices prioritize re-working, mutability, potential, and fluidity—locating futurity, in conversation with the past and present, as a speculative and generative site.
Whether incorporating interdisciplinary or collaborative methodologies, appropriation, archival resource materials, or autobiographical narrative structures, this exhibition takes a humanist approach to imagine an abstracted, queer, and forward-looking space for inquiry and investigation. We see a common thread in process, with resistance to hegemonic or definitive outcomes, and a specific contextual commitment to intersectional, expansive approaches that critically imagine, access, or abstract the world we have as well as the world we want to live in.
Featuring recent work by Diedrick Brackens (Los Angeles, CA), Jeffrey Gibson (New York, NY), Sahar Khoury (Oakland, CA), Grace Rosario Perkins (Oakland, CA), Anna Luisa Petrisko (Los Angeles, CA), Chris Bogia (Queens, NY), Jade Yumang (Vancouver, BC, Brooklyn, NY, and Chicago, IL).