Euclid Avenue Gallery
March 27 – May 22, 2020
Dual opening receptions, Friday, March 27 at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with Emily Duke
The Artist Talks: Chelsea A! Flowers, 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Emily Duke, 7:00 p.m. in the Main Gallery
Skylar Diggins, Two Chainz, and Carrie Mae Weems are my living spirit guides. They embody my aspirations for how I interact, comprehend, create and move in the world. I am interested in issues that affect people of color and create this idea of the other. And these three guides in their different ways are lovely references for endeavoring in this topic.
Along with my three living guides, my work, my life, my views, much of my everything is influenced by my family’s southern roots. I have strong ideas about my family’s cultural rituals (cuisine, hair processing, and constant discussion of the white man) and Black culture (authentic and marketed) and how it exists today in a white world.
Art is my method of inspection for the many questions about my existence and familial history. Currently my visibility in society is my current investigation. I am plagued with the question, “how do I find visibility and community when/where I am not seen?” Through performative works such as Thanks for the Memories, A War on Partying and Check Point; I create moments of engagement by creating simulacrum installation of a comedy and karaoke club. The performances and installations create a community where hierarchies are disbanded and people can engage with one another, enjoy themselves, find empathy through entertainment, and have their humanity acknowledged.
Based in Detroit, Chelsea A. Flowers is an artist who holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2017), and a BFA from Denison University with a concentration in Black Studies (2013). She has shown work at various galleries including; The Muted Horn Gallery (Cleveland, OH), Wave Pool Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), ACRE Projects Space (Chicago, IL), Public Space One (Iowa City, IA), Fjord Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and Front/Space Gallery (Kansas City, MO). She has expanded her skills and research by attending ACRE (Steuben, WI), Real Time and Space (Oakland, CA), Unlisted Projects (Austin, TX) and Art Space is Your Space (Cincinnati, OH) residencies. Her practice explores subversion to popular culture and how “otherness” is created through social and cultural critique of her environment. She explores these ideas through comedic troupes, physical play, nostalgic memorabilia, and participatory performance.
Visit Chelsea A! Flowers’ website.
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