Timehri Transitions: Expanding Concepts In Guyana Art

By ARC Magazine Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 Categories: Diaspora, Exhibitions, Updates

The Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba House, presents, TIMEHRI TRANSITIONS: EXPANDING CONCEPTS IN GUYANA ART. This exhibition introduces ten international artists of Guyana heritage. Curator, Carl E. Hazelwood says, “I’ve chosen artists whose practice address everything from contemporary abstraction to work that bear a subtle political or cultural critique. For these artists it’s no longer about periphery and center. Practically everyone has access to the technological means of engaging with the borderless possibilities of visual knowledge.”

The artists included are: damali abrams, Carl Anderson, Dudley Charles, Victor Davson, Marlon Forrester, Gregory A. Henry, Siddiq Khan, Donald Locke, Andrew Lyght, Bernadette Persaud, Keisha Scarville, and Arlington Weithers.

Known less for serious art and culture than for its lush physical presence, its paradoxical beauty and poverty, the Caribbean has lately been receiving focused attention as possible undiscovered territory for new art and fresh aesthetic approaches. Several books published in the last few years have added in various degrees to scholarship surrounding the idea of an art peculiar to the region. Organizers of major exhibitions recently on view in New York and elsewhere, seek to define the nature and historical sources of art and artists originating from within the archipelago. While the new exhibitions are beginning to provide a wider context for art created in the area, an English-speaking country like Guyana, situated on the Latin mainland of South America, receives scant attention in these visual extravaganzas—thus the need for exhibitions such as this one.

The word ‘Timehri’ in the title, TIMEHRI TRANSITIONS: EXPANDING CONCEPTS IN GUYANA ART, symbolically connects our endeavor to the first artists of Guyana, who produced the ancient Native American rock engravings and drawings of the same name (meaning either ‘mark of the hand of man’, or simply, drawings on rock) found in the deep interior of Guyana. Art in the show includes mural-sized work on paper and canvas, welded steel sculpture, photo-based artwork as well as video. There are works included of purely aesthetic value as well as some that hint of political and even religious expression.

The exhibition opens January 23, 2013 and runs through March 9, 2013. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2013. A gallery ‘walk and talk’ with the artists plus musical performances by Guyanese artistes is sponsored by the Guyana Cultural Association of New York. This will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 3 to 5 pm.

About the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba:

Kenkeleba House has a long history of mounting exceptional historical survey of American art. Kenkeleba programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and many generous friends.

The Wilmer Jennings Gallery is located at 219 East 2nd Street (at Avenue B) NY, NY 10009; 212-674-3939; public hours are Wednesdays – Saturdays 11 am – 6 pm. Corrine Jennings is the Gallery Director.


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