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  • Provenance

    Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
    Private Collection, Europe

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rashid Johnson uses the incorporation of a range of common place objects into his work as a means to draw associations between his childhood and his inspiration. In a process he describes as “hijacking the domestic,” the artist transforms these materials, such as books, records, plants, photographs and shea butter, into compelling and conceptual works that challenge and confront stereotypical attitudes on race and origin. In Sechs Consciousness, the artist explores the physicality of carefully chosen objects, placed on a shrine-like background., that form part of a complex visual, psychological and conceptual construction of personal identity.

    “So I started thinking about this kind of domestic material and taking it into a place where it would not necessarily expect to find itself. I’ve always considered the artist as almost a magician-like character who grants agency to materials to allow them to be elevated into objects that we admire.” Rashid Johnson

  • Artist Biography

    Rashid Johnson

    American • 1977

    In 2001, Rashid Johnson made his name as the youngest participant in Freestyle, the exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem that put forward some of today’s best-known African American artists. Thelma Golden, who selected Johnson for the groundbreaking exhibition, identified at the core of his practice, “a deep engagement with the history of conceptual art, but also the history of Black people,” with his work always operating “on an emotional level and an intellectual level at once.”

    Johnson’s frequent use of black soap is exemplary of the artist’s narrative embedding of a pointed range of everyday materials and objects, often associated with his childhood and frequently referencing collective aspects of African American intellectual history and cultural identity.

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Sechs Consciousness

2010
ceramic tiles, gold spray paint, shea butter, vinyl LP in sleeve
121 x 181 x 20 cm (47 5/8 x 71 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.)

Estimate
£30,000 - 50,000 

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