Untitled Anxious Man, 2018
Softground etching printed in black
60.3 x 50.2 cm
Edition of 35
Printed by Jennifer Melby, Brooklyn
Published by Hauser & Wirth "This etching builds on the figurative motif that appeared unexpectedly in his 2015 “Anxious Men” exhibition at The Drawing Center in New York. Inspired by current events, he drew an alarming, anonymous face, viewed frontally and squared like a box. Drawn on white tiles, the eyes were scrawled and the mouth blocked up in loose, frenetic lines of wax and black soap (a mixture he names “cosmic slop” after the Funkadelic song)—dark, primal, indexical. The Anxious Man print, greatly reduced in size from the Drawing Center works, uses seductive softground line next to the cruder scrapings into wax and black soap, without detracting from the urgency of the subject." KM
Born in Chicago in 1977, Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality and critical history.
"He works in a wide variety of eclectic formats—giant shelving structures on which he arranges retro paraphrases of his Afrocentric upbringing in Chicago; paintings and sculptures made of Shea butter and black soap (both used extensively in black skin care products), and surfaces burnt with branding irons—visual compressions of how black identities are reduced and perceived.”
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