Installation View, "R3clamation: Routes and Roots" Hawn Gallery, Dallas TX
R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid launches the Hamon Arts Library’s contemporary arts exhibition program for the Hawn Gallery and is curated by the first Curatorial Fellow for the Hawn Gallery, Georgia Erger. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 28th from 6-8 p.m. wherein the artist, Basil Kincaid will present a performance art piece featuring collaborator, Audrey Simes and conduct a gallery talk.
Basil reclaims seemingly innocuous materials – fabrics, fibers, and even debris – and repurposes them into monumental textile works. For R3clamation: Routes & Roots, Basil fills the gallery with assemblage quilts, sculptures, and garments, comprised of the clutter we encounter daily in our urban communities. Intimately relevant to their place of cultivation, the works are imbued with the West African and American ancestral traditions that are steeped in the artist’s practice and etched in our community’s collective memory.
By no means static, these art works are worn by the artist during his performances and throughout the creative process. They become vessels for the black American body, representative of the trauma and subsequent healing the body has experienced. In looking at the works, whether in the installation, photographs, or videos, one is often unsure if an actual human form is draped beneath the garments and quilts, or if an actual human face is obscured by the masks. As such, the body is perpetually present, whether physically or symbolically, in form or in spirit.
Statement by Georgia Erger : Curator, Hawn Gallery