Monday, December 15, 2014

L.EGENDS, S.TATEMENTS, S.TARS: Rashaad Newstone Art Exhibit

reporter/photographer: Miguel Dominguez

The Marlborough Gallery exhibit  L.egends, S.tatements, S.tars, a solo exhibition of new collages and video by Rashaad Newsome opened on December 9th. This exhibition was the artist’s second presentation with Marlborough Gallery and premiere in the gallery’s 57th street location.

After the industrial revolution, heraldry—a key symbol of status and authority for the European aristocracy—became heavily incorporated into Baroque Revival and Beaux-arts architecture of the nineteenth century. It was an architectural emblem that asserted the identity of structures in the manner that logos are associated with brands in contemporary society.

In L.S.S., Newsome engages this assertion of identity in a series of new collages that further explore the relationships between ornament, architecture and heraldry. The artist employs the aesthetic of Baroque cathedrals and basilicas as a point of departure directly incorporating images of these architectural elements into the work. Additionally through his engagement of architecture, Newsome activates the human form as a framing device speaking to the influences of the Roman architect Vitruvius and his concept of geometry and symmetry.

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