Edward Cella Art & Architecture is proud to present Kendell Carter: MARVEL, an exhibition of cast paintings, sculpture, installation, and guided meditation by Kendell Carter. The show will run from March 11th through May 6th, 2017.  An opening reception will be held on March 11th from 6-8pm

Carter’s sustained commitment to observing and exploring race, gender, history, and consumer culture manifests in a studio practice that pushes beyond that of a black artist making art about politics, and towards one that acknowledges the rapidly integrating nature of today’s visual culture.

MARVEL will present site-specific installations of new works. One installation, entitled Cranes for Solange includes an authentic restroom sign from the “Jim Crow era” of American history. Pairs of used white jeans that are suspended from inverted shelf brackets, each pair locked with the simple combination lock code “sick,” and a lightbox which mirrors the restroom sign. Another installation will include an authentic slave quilt, a gold-plated sewing machine on a custom marble plinth, and a pile of used white jeans. A massive wall installation will be comprised of a new series of cast paintings which act as visual manifestations of Carter’s meditative process. These works inherit the subtle impressions of the ground they were poured on, as well as intricate, organic textures in the aerosol of Carter’s iconic “LOVE” graffiti. Carter’s masterfully orchestrated installations connect scale, form, texture, and surface with contemporary socio-cultural realities and historically rooted gestures.

The gallery floor will feature a large cast latex sculpture of the state of North Carolina which will serve as a mat for a series of meditations on the wrongful shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by Charlotte Mecklenburg police, and the controversy following the North Carolina “bathroom bill.” These meditations will be guided by licensed practitioners T. Dorje Immanuel, Andrea Yarbrough-Morris, and Mackala Lacy. The public is invited to participate in these guided meditations on March 25, 2017 at 2pm.

A gallery conversation with Kendell Carter and curator Dr. Jill Moniz will take place on April 8, 2017 at 4pm. Dr. Moniz has worked on engagement programs at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California and is the former Head Curator at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. From 2009-2012, she was curator for the Dr. and Mrs. Leon O. Banks Collection of Contemporary Art. Today she leads Transformative Arts initiatives around Los Angeles.

About Kendell Carter:
Kendell Carter was trained as a sculptor and as an environmental designer and holds a BFA from The Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA, and a BA in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design. He received his MFA from California State University, Long Beach.

Carter’s multidisciplinary practice that includes painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and design bridges the gap between art and life. His environments explore where and how parallel traditions in culture can be utilized for artistic and social revolutions.

Carter has had solo exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Monique Meloche, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA and Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA. Group exhibitions include the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Krannert Art Museum, Champagne, IL; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA and Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. In 2012 he received a Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship and his work is included in such public collections as Fundacao Sindika Dokolo, Luanda, Angola; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA.

About Edward Cella Art & Architecture:
Edward Cella Art & Architecture is committed to supporting and representing significant established, mid-career and emerging artists, architects, and designers. The gallery has an ongoing relationship with photography, painting, sculpture, architectural drawings, models, and design objects that critically re-present ideas, archives, and collective materials. Building on his background as an architectural historian, with a decade of experience in art advisory and collection management, a passion for collecting architectural drawings and ephemera, and contemporary art and erotica, Edward Cella founded Edward Cella Art & Architecture in 2006. The gallery sustains a curatorial emphasis on discourses surrounding issues of cultural and conceptual significance, and has represented historical and under-recognized estates and collections.

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