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Behind Face brings together works by Noah Davis, Michael Dopp, Lenz Geerk, Eberhard Havekost, Titus Kaphar, Forrest Kirk, Adam Pendleton, Celeste Rapone and Betye Saar. When asked once about the nature of the human condition and why it is that one so often hides their truest intentions, not only from the world, but more importantly from themselves, Friedrich Nietzsche replied: "Every profound spirit needs a mask; but even more, around every profound spirit a mask is continually growing." We are constantly cultivating a persona that does not necessarily correlate with our best and realest nature, yet without which, we could not truly function. This is not unmined territory as both Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung have posited that the idea of selfhood is a fluid experience; Jung himself stated that "we meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life," so we may be assured of nothing except that behind one's face is another face, one which we must take the time to see and understand. 

Forrest Kirk

Forrest Kirk
Moving The Black Power Piece, 2018
Acrylic, gorilla glue on canvas
30 x 24 in (76.2 x 61.0 cm)
 

Noah Davis

Noah Davis
I Own a Morandi, 2009
Oil on canvas board, collage
17.5 x 24 in (44.5 x 61.0 cm)
 

Titus Kaphar

Titus Kaphar
Push Yuh Own Damn Boat, 2009
Oil on cut canvas
16 x 20 in (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Michael Dopp

Michael Dopp
Turner, 2019
Gouache, ink and watercolor on paper
13 x 9 in (33.0 x 22.9 cm)

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Globe Trotter, 2007
Mixed media assemblage
32.5 x 18.25 x 14.12 in (82.5 x 46.4 x 35.9 cm)

Lenz Geerk

Lenz Geerk
Lake, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
15.75 x 11.81 (40 x 30 cm)
 

Eberhard Havekost

Eberhard Havekost
Goin' Off, B10, 2010
Oil on linen
47.25 x 31.5 in (120 x 80 cm)
 

Thomas Houseago

Thomas  Houseago
Untitled (Plaster Head on Wood), 2009
Tuf-cal, hemp, iron rebar, California redwood, graphite, charcoal
73 x 20 x 20 in (185.4 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm)

Forrest Kirk

Forrest Kirk
Mugshot, 2018
Acrylic, gorilla glue on canvas
30 x 24 in (76.2 x 61.0 cm)

Titus Kaphar

Titus Kaphar
White Underneath #5, 2006
Mixed media on paper
6.5 x 4.25 in  (16.5 x 10.8 cm)

Michael Dopp

Michael Dopp
T Shirt, 2019
Gouache, ink and watercolor on paper
13 x 9 in (33.0 x 22.9 cm)
 

Betye Saar

Betye Saar
Locksmith, 2018
Mixed media assemblage
14 x 11.75 x 1 in (35.6 x 29.8 x 2.5 cm)

Forrest Kirk

Forrest Kirk
Girl Next Door, 2018
Acrylic, gorilla glue on canvas
30 x 24 in (76.2 x 61.0 cm)