Kimberly M. Becoat is a contemporary mixed media artist whose work is a stylistic abstraction with a conceptual investigation of new materials and visual experiences with social commentary.
Her artwork incorporates layers of drawings and painting with found/recycled objects as well as work developed in commercial-driven, advertising styled paintings with elements of graffiti. “This series of recent abstract & conceptual work is grounded in texture and structure (many of the works incorporate paint mixed with sand, plaster, etc; applied to the paper, using these in a dynamic way on Mylar/paper.) Kimberly has also been featured in a number of exhibits including her solo exhibition, New Abstractions at Essie Green Galleries, BAMart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, MoCADA Museum, (The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Deutsche Bank as well as the television shows, Netflix Original Series “Luke Cage” and the FX series, The Americans. A few other exhibitions include: Dadaesque, 701 CCA Gallery (Columbia, South Carolina), Respond, SMACK Mellon Gallery, (Brooklyn, NY) Honoring Romare Bearden, The Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Crown Heights Gold, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, and Dirty Sensibilities: A 21st Century Exploration of the New American Black South, at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY
Kimberly is a native New Yorker, born in Harlem NY - and presently resides and works as an artist in Brooklyn, NY.
Nate Lewis is a Washington DC based artist (originally from Beaver Falls, PA). His current focus has been within portraiture and figurative work in creating sculpted paper photo works with a unique aesthetic that combines elements of sculpture, etching, embroidery and fabric. He has exhibited his work throughout Washington DC, Loyola University in Baltimore, various art fairs during Art Basel Miami, New York, Texas Contemporary art fair in Houston, and San Francisco. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BSN and worked as a critical care registered nurse for nine years. He credits his unique approach with photos and paper to his experiences in working as a critical care nurse. Understanding the paper as a vulnerable, dynamic, fragile, but also resilient organism. He was awarded the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities NEA individual artist grant in 2015,2016 and 2017. He was recently awarded a 6 month residency at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY, it will be the first residency he participates in. He is currently represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC.
Michael B. Platt, DC Washingtonian, is widely recognized for his figurative explorations of life’s survivors, referencing history and circumstance in the rites, rituals and expressions of our human condition, particularly the history and experiences of African and African Diaspora culture. He explores/exposes his subject matter with a fusion of digital and conventional photography, drawing and printmaking. Long known as a printmaker, for some years now, Platt has preferred the more encompassing designation "image-maker." His explorations of digital imagery are intense and on-going. Platt has exhibited internationally and nationally. His latest one-person exhibitions: Pathfinders, Honfleur Gallery, DC, 2017; Time Travelers, The Stone Center of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ,2015, and Michael B Platt: Telling Stories, Framing Time, Australia, 2012. Group shows: 2011-12, Multiplicity, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, The Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT and the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland. Numerous private collections have Platt’s art in their permanent holdings, likewise the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Collection and its Rare Books and Special Collections; the Schomburg Research Center in Black Culture of the New York Public Library; the Yale University Art Gallery; the Harris Poetry Collection of the John Hay Library, Brown University; the David C. Driskell Center Collection of the University of Maryland; and the Hampton University Art Museum. Tim Davis, International Visions The Gallery, DC, represents Michael Platt.
Leslie Jiménez is a Dominican multidisciplinary artist and illustrator, based in NYC, Washington Heights where her love for people, places and stories merge into her art making process. Ms. Jiménez graduated from the prestigious Altos de Chavón School of Design, in the Dominican Republic. She was awarded a full scholarship at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, where she graduated with honors. Leslie is a full time artist and currently the visual arts teacher at the Washington Heights Community Conservatory for Fine Arts.
Leslie’s works have been exhibited in galleries, both uptown and downtown Manhattan, Washington DC, Barbados and Santo Domingo. As well as art fairs, including SCOPE contemporary art fair in NY Recently her work have been shown at el Museo del Barrio, PrintAustin 2017, Rush Arts Galleries in Chelsea and Brooklyn, and New York Presbyterian- The Allen Hospital. Other venues include PBS and online magazine Mashable. Jiménez have been invited to talk about her work at El Museo del Barrio, CNN en Español, Rutgers University, City College, Parsons, The New School, Rush Arts Galleries and Art In FLUX.
Terrestrial Resonance curated by Stan Squirewell and featuring artists Kimberly Becoat, Leslie Jiménez, Michael B. Platt, Nate Lewis and Tammy Nguyen opens on Wednesday, May 3, 6:00-9:00PM in Harlem during FRIEZE Week. The exhibition examines the possibility that we are reflections of the past, present and future. All of the artists work with the figure and explore the idea that the body is a physical vehicle for spirits with a profound earthly connection. This exhibition is an attempt to find the thread that binds and moves humans to a common clarity of oneness and a greater appreciation of the spiritual being.
The artists arrive in this group exhibition from different narratives but they speak a collective language about the intrinsic commonness in the bio-mechanical human structure. At the core humans are all connected to each other through the earth, the vessel that supports, grounds and transports mortals through space. In this sublunary experience humans perceive themselves as uniquely different yet energetically the bodies are the same. Each person is in a constant flux, navigating the mortal world, in search of his or her greater self. The particulars of a person’s face and body hardly provide the clues to a person’s essence. Terrestrial Resonance brings forth figures in all shapes and sizes, challenging the viewer to take a deeper look into the complexities and spirits within each human body.
Michael B. Platt
Tammy Nguyen, a Fullbright scholar, earned her MFA at Yale University School of Art. She makes paintings, artist’s books, and works-on-paper that tell stories through images and their materiality. The characters and environments that appear in these artworks are all proxies for human conditions that feel paradoxical: the bicultural tension of having roots in multiple traditions, the fear of dying yet thirst for danger, or the guilt and pleasure of breaking ethical codes. A skeptic and at the same time a believer of values from her multicultural upbringing, her artworks are new myths that reference folkloric representations of animals and nature. However, unlike images that emerge from folklore, Tammy draws from life and illustrates facts from biology that suggest human behavior and psychology. At first glance, her artworks look like lush fantasies like something from a children’s book. However, upon further inspection, the visual narratives are often vulgar and sometimes violent. Conjoined birds try to split, despite needing the other to survive. A hooded child appears to have innocent eyes in one artwork, yet she savagely eats a bird in another. Her work seduces viewers to look and then through the process of observation ideas unravel and defy expectations. Her works have been exhibited at FLUX Art Fair Public Art Projects 2016, The Bronx Museum, The Inside Out Museum in Beijing, San-Art in Ho Chi Minh City, The Center for Book Arts, and Wave Hill.