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Five Propositions features contributions by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Danielle Orchard, Naudline Pierre, Celeste Rapone and Tschabalala Self.  The exhibition brings together an inspired selection of artworks focusing on artists deconstructing identity, appearance, and perspective through painting. The works on view - meditations, really – are variations on the theme of narrative portraiture: distinct yet interconnected experiences, derived from reclaimed spaces of power, desire and form. This exhibition intentionally places one known image next to another in order to create new and unexpected meanings: stylized and idealized portraits of fictional lives; escapism; playful yet still mysterious acts. Portraiture wielded as a weapon. The artists’ use of figures, or avatars, some as stand-ins for the artists themselves, thwart the proprieties of presentation that have long held structured meaning within institutional spaces. While the subjects frequently find themselves in unlikely company, the paintings are neither surreal nor are they an embrace of the subconscious, but rather glimpses into the day-to-day, of the moments saturated with opportunity; storytelling that is definitively political while pointedly ordinary. The exhibition brings together and expands upon each individually, while extending the reach of each work.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi
Sobukwe (After Robert Sobukwe), 2017
Oil on canvas
19.68 x 19.68 in (50 x 50 cm)

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi
Kyodo (Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams), 2018
Oil on canvas
19.68 x 19.68 in (50 x 50 cm)

Danielle Orchard

Danielle Orchard
Small Bathers, 2018
Oil on linen
18 x 24 in (45.7 x 61.0 cm)

Danielle Orchard

Danielle Orchard
Bust Smoking, 2018
Oil on linen
30 x 24 in (76.2 x 61.0 cm)

Naudline Pierre

Naudline Pierre
Close and Tight, 2018
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 in (91.4 x 61.0 cm)

Naudline Pierre

Naudline Pierre
A Moment's Rest, 2018
Oil on canvas
24 x 20 in (61.0 x 50.8 cm)

Celeste Rapone

Celeste Rapone
Flirt, 2018
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 in (76.2 x 61.0 cm)

Tschabalala Self

Tschabalala Self
Greeneyed, 2016
Oil, acrylic, flashe and fabric on canvas
44 x 30 in (111.8 x 76.2 cm)