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Bright Dynasty (Winter 2022) explores the nebulous, luscious, and luxurious relations living between people, places, materials, signs, symbols, dreams, memories, histories, shapes, colours, and bodies of all kinds. An installation of paintings, sculptures, and texts is carefully designed aggregating over time.

Dances punctuate the installation, drawing attention to the psychic relationships and energetic frequencies between materials, channeling the movement of curiosity between these nebulous relations as an elixir for defining oneself. Not a return to naivety, but a decision to manifest (as a mixed race Black, queer man) a space to publicly encounter life through youthful wonderment, in awe of everything and everyone, the way one sometimes can (albeit within a world of sophisticated systems and structures of oppression).

Bright Dynasty and its dances are fashioned with mood, tone, time, memory, desire, humour, words, and emotions, evoking powerful images that live in space through the body, resonating with the bodies and imaginations of others.

Taken by surprise testing the waters, Carcharodon Carcharias I (2021). Earthenware. Dimensions slightly variable (each fin is the size of the artists palms), shown installed at 228 Chingford Mounts, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Taken by surprise testing the waters, Carcharodon Carcharias I (2021). Earthenware. Dimensions slightly variable (each fin is the size of the artists palms), shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice-Gael Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Taken by surprise testing the waters, Carcharodon Carcharias I (2021). Earthenware. Dimensions slightly variable (each fin is the size of the artists palms), shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
The Essentials (2022). Dimensions variable. Shelves top to bottom, left to right: wheel. Charlie monstera deliciosa, Joy’s ‘Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Body Lotion’, dance clothes (Dad’s sweater, Mum’s sweater, blue t shirt, green adidas bottoms); Andrea’s ‘Dream Encyclopedia’, Langston Hughes ‘Sweeet and Sour Animal Book’; wicker basket with miscellaneous materials, silver bowl. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
The Essentials (2022) detail.
Upright Island Friend (running bamboo, paramoudras corruption, not “Deep Siberian”) (2022). Bamboo, flint, limestone chalk, amethyst, twine, silver bowl, shells, water. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Upright Island Friend (running bamboo, paramoudras corruption, not “Deep Siberian”) (2022). Bamboo, flint, limestone chalk, amethyst, twine, silver bowl, shells, water. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Upright Island Friend (running bamboo, paramoudras corruption, not “Deep Siberian”) (2022). Bamboo, flint, limestone chalk, amethyst, twine, silver bowl, shells, water. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.

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Waiting (2022). Bamboo, clay vase, garden wire. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Pre-vexed (2022). Twine, needle, shells in glass jar. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Paintings (left to right): Organmarrow; Me; Crysztal; Bosolts Voltz; Scapularia (2021). Acrylic and charcoal on paper. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Paintings (left of centre, top to bottom): Swavez; Rulshes (2021). Acrylic and charcoal on paper. Greene Night (running bamboo, calcium carbonate, not blue green blooms) (2022). Bamboo, twine, shells, bronze font, water, green acrylic. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Greene Night (running bamboo, calcium carbonate, not blue green blooms) (2022) Detail.
Greene Night (running bamboo, calcium carbonate, not blue green blooms) (2022) Detail.
Painting: Shoal III (2021). Acrylic on paper. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
Paintings: (fore) Amphibian Sun; (framed, top to bottom) Swavez; Rulshes (2021). Acrylic and charcoal on paper. Shown here installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice-Gael Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
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Paintings: (left) Holy Black Flire, (right) Bodyody (2021). Acrylic and charcoal on paper. Shown here installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice-Gael Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.
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Floating Screen (2022). Bamboo, twine. Paintings: (left to right, top to bottom) Shoal III; Angelos+; Amphibian Sun; Cellule (2021). Acrylic and charcoal on paper. Shown installed at 228 Chingford Mount, UK, as part of Hypha Studios residency and two-person show with Alice Gael-Feeney 2nd – 16th January 2022.

Photographs by Rosie Reed Gold

Special thanks to

Hypha Studios,
London Borough of Waltham Forest,
and Rosie Reed Gold.

 

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