Guerrero Gallery: Umar Rashid and Tosha Stimage

by Admin on 05/06/2017

11/11/2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Guerrero Gallery
1465 Custer Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

The Free Radicals: The Rise and Fall of the October 4th Movement or Every Hero Needs A Horn – Section 1793-1795.

Umar Rashid

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Exhibition Dates: November 11th – December 9th, 2017

Umar Rashid’s art stands as an ever-expanding series of primary documents for his fictionalized colonial narrative that parallels our own histories of pillage, dispossession and power. The artist’s illustrated tales have been a work in progress over the past 12 years, unfolding piece by piece in episodic fashion, with the stories fluidly addressing issues of colonialism, identity, race, gender and politics. Generally taking place throughout the 18th century, Rashid in…vites culture clash and time travel throughout, interjecting elements of contemporary fashion, Hip Hop, street and gang culture–providing an immediacy and accessibility as well as reverberations through our modern day to day. As a self taught artist, Rashid borrows from a range of artistic traditions and modes of making, citing particular influences from Native American ledger drawings, Romantic era painting, African and Caribbean folk art, fetishes and map-making–with his latest body of work incorporating canvas, paper, elk hide, and wood amongst other materials. Much like the reverberations of colonial histories both past and ongoing amidst our anxious present, Umar Rashid realizes that, “I will never run out of material within my lifetime.”

These are not isolated events.

Tosha Stimage

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11th, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Exhibition Dates: November 11th – December 9th, 2017

“The orange. It is held together by skin.
But hold it firm, drive your thumb into the flesh, pierce and peel.
It is a series of segmented containers.
Past the violent intrusion you’ll find,
that there is a relationship between segments.
Showing that each of us is several, is man, is a profusion of selves.”

This is a show of attraction, images supporting other images in a sometimes seemingly contradictory manner.

Artist Tosha Stimage has become well known for her probing into the color, material and conceptual frameworks that surround the color orange, employing these vast and disparate ideas as analogies through which to unpack Blackness. Seeing language as limiting and unfit to speak to these complexities, Stimage instead employs a rich lattice of symbols and historically laden images through which we can begin to understand and discuss elements and experiences that relate not only to Black experience but humanity at large. Her latest solo show, Death Valley in Flowers, presented at Oakland’s City Limits Gallery, organized the artist’s thoughts through varied images and objects, including a woven tapestry depicting an ornately braided scalp, flanked on the left by two oddly-resembling astroturf labyrinths, and divided by a wall-size mural depicting a numbered target utilized in the artist’s first experience firing a gun–realized in Stimage’s color of choice: orange. The artist’s forthcoming exhibition, These are not isolated events., will act as a continuation of the visual, symbolic and spiritual explorations laid forth by
Death Valley in Flowers.