La Cama

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  • Provenance

    Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle

  • Catalogue Essay

    CLOTILDE JIMÉNEZ
    Born 1990 in Honolulu, HI
    Lives and works in London, England

    2018 MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London, England
    2013 BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

    Selected museum exhibitions and performances: the Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL
    Selected public collections: the Orlando Museum of Art University Hospital, Cleveland, OH

    Clotilde Jiménez composes the figures in his portraits by applying a diverse range of materials, including pieces of fabric, kitchen towels and magazine pages onto drawn or painted elements, resulting in a dimensionality as multi-faceted as the identities he has tasked himself to extract from. As the artist explains, “my work explores the notions of Black, queer, male bodies. I’m trying to negotiate my queerness by race-ing homonormative ways of being, and examining how I understand Black male masculinity.”

    Although Jiménez’s distinct experience of being a gay, black, Hispanic, American male is in itself an isolated cultural subject, his work reveals a universal allegorical impetus through which to explore objectivity within contemporary existence. In the work on paper, La Cama, a figure sits on a bed made up of actual pieces of fabric. This work exemplifies the artist’s investigation of materiality by way of culling interpretations from various, seemingly unrelated sources, not dissimilar from the way in which he chooses to describe his own multi-cultural identity. Jiménez elaborates on his use of collage as “a way of assembling found ephemera…a way to put together the elements or building blocks of perception that we have. Each disparate part of a person is a collage that comes together and blends to form a person. My aim is to transcribe and reconstruct the fixed idea of the Black body within popular culture, where many of us grapple with racial objectification from outside the Black community and homophobic ridicule within.”

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La Cama

mixed media
53 x 43 in. (134.6 x 109.2 cm.)
Executed in 2018.

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AMERICAN AFRICAN AMERICAN

New York Selling Exhibition 10 January - 8 February 2019