Jarvis Boyland & Zenobia
February 15 - March 23, 2024

Jarvis Boyland (b. Memphis, TN) “I feel the need to explore the complexities of both blackness and queerness, and the ways in which their intersections shape my experiences of love and grief––pain and pleasure.” Boyland re-imagines domestic union with an idyllic sensibility towards reality––sensitively rendering the nuances of complex interpersonal relationships, identities and locals. Recent solo exhibitions include Lucky Stars at Mamoth Gallery, London (2022); On Hold, at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2019). Boyland is currently included in the group exhibition Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys at the Brooklyn Museum on view through July 7, 2024.

In 2018, Boyland attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Past residencies include Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL (2022); Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM (2022); Arts + Public Life at University of Chicago (2018-19); and the ACRE Residency in Steuben, WI (2017). Boyland’s work is included in the Brooklyn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, and the Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN public collections.

Zenobia (b. New York, NY) explores social and colonial history through representations of architecture and lived environments. Primarily inspired by narrative, she considers Caribbean relationships to aesthetics. Zenobia uses material to construct sculptures that examine interiority, agency and refusal. The relationship between ornamentation and function outside of the western canon is questioned. This theme is also explored by the collective Sucking Salt, an ongoing project by Zenobia and Shani Strand which is dedicated to archiving Caribbean architecture and aesthetics. Recent group exhibitions include: Ballast: Recent Aesthetic Practices in Response to Anti-Blackness, curated by E. Chris Brady at Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside, CA (2024); Extra Terrestrial at Rachel Uffner, New York, NY (2021); A Gathering at HOUSING, New York, NY (2020); First Person, curated by Perry Rubin at in lieu, Los Angeles, CA (2018). Zenobia has been published in Pin-Up Magazine (2021) and lectured at Harvard Graduate School of Design (2022).

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