Produce Model is proud to present Quiet Storm, a two-person exhibition by Chicago artists, Ayanah Moor and Krista Franklin.
Inspired by the (spirits of the) R&B supergenre, Moor and Franklin’s exhibition riffs on…
Smokey. Astrology. Black velvet. Black satin. Incense. Smooth jazz. Luther Vandross. Phyllis Hyman. (Playing) the Numbers. Dream books. Waterbeds. Pillows. Lover’s Rock. Romance. Flower petals. Record collections. Record players. Red lights. Brass. Bronze. Cognac. Asti Spumante. Riunite on ice. Decanters. Silver. Ash catchers. Ass catchers. Ferns. Bamboo. Succulents. Sensuality. French kiss. Backseats. Spades. Double dates. Lightning. Nighttime rain showers. The witching hour. Rose quartz. Amethysts. Lapis lazuli. Eyeshadow. Wine lipstick. Nail polish. Black musk. Perfume. Cool Water cologne. 1111. 444. 333. Nola Darling. Pam Grier. Jayne Kennedy. Billy Dee Williams. Mahogany. Teddy P. Full moons. Drive-ins. Anita Baker. Babyface. Barry White. Rick James + Teena Marie. Mixtapes. Slow drag. The tension in the air minutes before a riot. The smell seconds before a thunderstorm. Jewelry boxes. Mother of pearl. Puffy sleeves. Talking on the phone all night on landline phones. Earth, Wind & Fire. 45s. Black vinyl. Wine glasses with lipstick prints. Lipstick prints. Stargazing. 10pm radio programming. Transistor radios. Love Jones. The Stylistics. The Dramatics. The Flamingos. Shoulder pads. Pink lotion. Cocoa butter. Candlewax. Candelabra. Headboards. Massage oil. 24-karat gold. Chocolate-dipped strawberries. Bubble baths. Ceramic ashtrays. Night moves.
Ayanah Moor completed her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA at Tyler School of Art. Her work has been featured in Nicole Fleetwood’s book, Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality and Blackness; and Terry Smith’s, What is Contemporary Art? (University of Chicago Press.) She has been awarded artist residencies at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago; Proyecto ‘ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Auckland Print Studio in New Zealand, Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Moor is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Krista Franklin is an interdisciplinary artist whose work floats between the literary and the visual. Her practice engages a diverse range of artistic mediums from collage, hand papermaking, print, poetry and performance, installation, artist books and sound. She is the recipient of the Propeller Fund, and has held residencies at A Studio in the Woods, Cave Canem, and the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative. Her work has been published in Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, Vinyl, BOMB Magazine, Encyclopedia, Vol. F-K. Her chapbook of poems Study of Love & Black Body was published in 2012 (Willow Books). www.kristafranklin.com