Notes from the Stuart Hall Library – 2012_2013: No.6 From: Roshini Kempadoo (Animateur for SH Library) – 8th March

What may well become a valuable core group of researchers and artists, formed the SHL research network session on 28th February night to reflect on Jessica Carden’s study and Saer Maty Ba’s contribution of three contemporary black-british filmmakers who use the Arctic landscape as a space to discuss issues of race, migration and belonging. Their research was insightful and rigorous, critically exploring the filmmakers work (John Akomfrah, Isaac Julien and Grace Ndiritu).

Full Text Here

http://stuarthalllibrary.blogspot.com/2013/03/notes-from-stuart-hall-library-20122013_8.html

New York : Museum and Gallery Listings for March 15-21New

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/arts/design/museum-and-gallery-listings-for-march-15-21.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Last Chance

★ ‘Christopher Cozier’ (closes on Saturday) In the deft, subtle, emblematic drawings and prints that make up his New York gallery solo, “In Development,” the Trinidadian artist Christopher Cozier draws on images from his home city, Port of Spain, presenting it as a place that lives in a troubled past and present. References to colonialism and street crime float against openwork decorative patterns based on the ubiquitous concrete “breeze bricks” that let sea winds flow through houses in the island’s burgeoning suburbs. And against the relentless tide of new building, a lone tree stands firm. David Krut Projects, 526 West 26th Street, No. 816, Chelsea, (212) 255-3094, davidkrut.com. (Cotter)

Art in America – The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won’t Want to Miss

With an ever-growing number of galleries scattered around New York, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Where to begin? Here at A.i.A., we are always on the hunt for thought-provoking, clever and memorable shows that stand out in a crowded field. Below is a selection of current shows our team of editors can’t stop talking about.

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/finer-things/2013-03-07/the-lookout-03072013/

This week we check out Michael Riedel’s graphic, text-based prints and wallpaper based on his own earlier exhibitions, at David Zwirner; Christopher Cozier’s drawings inspired by his upbringing in post-Independence Trinidad at David Krut; and Tacita Dean’s quietly dramatic chalkboard drawings of mountains at Marian Goodman.

Artist Talk: Christopher Cozier in conversation with Tumelo Mosaka

      Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 3pm: Please join us for an artist talk with Christopher Cozier in conversation with Tumelo Mosaka, curator of contemporary art at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, IL.

Cozier’s NY exhibition questions the meaning of development

In Development, the first New York solo exhibition by celebrated T&T contemporary artist Christopher Cozier, runs from January 25 to March 16 at David Krut Projects. A press release from the gallery notes that “Cozier investigates the problematic space of post-independence: the symbols of power that remain and change shape, the complex narratives of development, and the loss of history and culture to commercial expansion and profitability. “In this exhibition, Cozier cuts geometric patterns out of paper, a pattern derived from suburban concrete ‘breeze bricks.’ Post Trinidad’s independence from British rule in 1962, these patterns became pervasive throughout the Caribbean in the 1960s and ‘70s with the rise of the middle class and the boom of new housing developments.

read the entire article here:

http://guardian.co.tt/arts/2013-01-12/cozier%E2%80%99s-ny-exhibition-questions-meaning-development

“Making progress”: In Development preview in Caribbean Beat

Cbeat119_Making progressYou could interpret the title of Christopher Cozier’s show In Development — which runs at David Krut Projects in New York from 25 January to 16 March, 2012 — to mean “work in progress,” which is entirely accurate. This solo exhibition shows the Trinidadian artist in pursuit of visual questions and answers, through a repetition of images in works on paper that suggest notebook drawings — elaborated, in some cases, to the scale of a gallery wall.

But In Development also slyly suggests a different story of “progress”….

From “Making progress”, a preview of In Development by Nicholas Laughlin, published in the January/February 2013 issue of Caribbean Beat. Read the piece online here, or download a PDF here.

PRESS RELEASE for Christopher Cozier: In Development

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Christopher Cozier
In Development

On view: January 25 – March 16, 2013 / Reception: January 25, 6-8 pm

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David Krut Projects is pleased to present In Development, Christopher Cozier’s first solo exhibition in New York. The exhibition consists of mixed-media drawings on paper, recent monotypes and linocuts created at David Krut Print Workshop in Johannesburg, and silkscreen prints made at Axelle Fine Art in Brooklyn. Born and based in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Cozier’s work investigates the problematic space of post-independence: the symbols of power that remain and change shape, the complex narratives of development, and the loss of history and culture to commercial expansion and profitability. Images appear and repeat in Cozier’s drawings and prints, a visual vocabulary developed and expanded over the last twenty years in his performance, installation and sound work. He makes sense of his fascination with the ordinary objects around him through drawing, recording and notetaking on paper. Sharp graphite marks and letters swirl and cross, interrupted by areas of erasure and ink washes of color.

In this exhibition, Cozier cuts geometric patterns out of paper, a pattern derived from suburban concrete “breeze bricks.” Post Trinidad’s independence from British rule in 1962, these patterns became pervasive throughout the Caribbean in the 1960s and 70s with the rise of the middle class and the boom of new housing developments. Used abundantly in other tropical countries, the bricks function to open and ventilate space without containing it. In Cozier’s work, this familiar pattern represents the possibility and longing of those in political and social transition across the world. It articulates, at once, a nation’s unresolved promise for a brighter future and the inevitable compromise and sense of displacement that accompanies “progress.”

Though the images in his work reference where Cozier lives, they resonate as trans-cultural symbols, tapping into the imaginations and experiences of people everywhere. We see the empty lot, a site where history is reduced to real estate; a table brush, also called the silent butler, used in colonial times to collect crumbs and ashes; bare feet sticking out from nowhere, a glimpse perhaps of a crime scene. The repeating image of the isolated tree (which stands outside the forensic center in Port of Spain) is a symbol of persistence and hope in the face of violence and corruption. Cut down and burnt through, the tree still grows.

Characteristic of Cozier’s participatory work and interest in the multiple, he has created a limited edition cardboard and aluminum template, along with a corresponding instructional online video. Thoughts and photos of the designs created can be sent to dpatterns2013@gmail.com and will be posted on this blog:

https://dpatterns2013.wordpress.com.

Christopher Cozier (b. 1959) is an artist, curator, and writer living and working in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Cozier’s work has been included in exhibitions, “Into the Mix” at Kentucky Museum of Art, “Afro Modern” at The Tate Liverpool and “Infinite Island” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. His work has also been included in the 7th Havana Biennial, The Stenersen Museum in Oslo, the Chicago Cultural Center, among others. He is the co-founder of Alice Yard, an arts organization and residency facilitating regular exhibitions, performances and discussions in Port of Spain. Cozier co-curated “Wrestling with an Image: Caribbean Interventions at the Museum of the Americas” in Washington, D.C. in 2011. He was an editorial adviser to BOMB Magazine for their Americas issues (Winters, 2003 – 2005) and was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2004.

For more information please contact hannah@davidkrut.com.