Basil Kincaid - AMERICAN AFRICAN AMERICAN New York Friday, February 8, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born 1986, St. Louis, MO
    Lives and works in St. Louis, MO

    2009 BA, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

    Selected honors: Arts Connect International Artist In Residence Grant (2014 – 2015)
    Selected museum exhibitions and performances: Missouri Valley College, Marshal, MO; Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO

    Basil Kincaid’s multi-disciplinary practice can be seen as the conceptual examination of two core notions: reclamation and heritage. For Kincaid, reclaiming is a process of acknowledging what has been cast off by people as part of the ordinary processes of living everyday life, as well as finding new meanings and values in what has out-lived its previous uses. Kincaid’s assemblages, collages and quilts are primarily composed of materials that he collects from his immediate surroundings and are donated from people through social media. “This methodology,” according to Kincaid, “explores the seeming immateriality and physical/personal disconnection within online spaces while observing how waste is reflective of lived experience.”

    Working within the tradition of assemblage, Kincaid adopts and adapts quilting as his core formal approach to engage with the concerns of his day and age. “My quest is to understand the wild tapestry of my own personal identity and cultural identity within the African Diaspora, contextualized by the scaffolding of my American experience,” Kincaid writes in his artist statement. Informed by an over 100-year family history of quilting, Kincaid considers the quilts he makes to be metaphysical collaboration with his ancestors, which allows him to participate in a legacy that extends both backwards and forward in time. “I am currently most interested in the practice of quilting as a way to collaborate with ancestral energy and as a method of empowerment. It is imperative that I nurture the evolution of my creative family traditions, honoring my predecessors while adapting the practice to address the questions and concerns of contemporary life.”


Healing Hand

a selection of the artist's mother's white shirts backed with the artist's parents' old bed sheet
76 x 67 in. (193 x 170.2 cm.)
Executed in 2018.

Estimate On Request


New York Selling Exhibition 10 January - 8 February 2019