Sep 6th 2019

Laura Davis and Derrick Woods-Morrow: Thanks for not breeding

@ Aspect/Ratio

864 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, September 6th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, October 12th

Aspect/Ratio is pleased to present Thanks for not breeding, a two person exhibition with Laura Davis and Derrick WoodsMorrow. Thanks for not breeding will introduce sculptural, video, installation and performative works which challenge gendered roles while maintaining a queer aesthetic.

Both Davis and Woods-Morrow are Chicago based artists who have each participated in the BOLT residency (Davis
in 2013, and Woods-Morrow in 2018), as well as received an Artadia Award (Davis in 2015, Woods-Morrow in 2018), and have been included at exhibitions at the MCA Chicago (Davis in Homebodies, curated by Naomi Beckwith in 2013, Woods-Morrow in a performance in-progress, curated by January Parkos Arnall in 2019).

Laura Davis is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in objects and craft. Her works both present their own histories but easily adapt to Davis’ recontextualization of them. She wields and contradicts assumed archetypes of gendered roles, reimagining new relationships by creating handcrafted metal sculpture combined with gender specific ready made objects. Further, her interactions disrupt notions of value at the intersections of art, design, and craft.

Derrick Woods-Morrow, often reassesses material in his work. By deploying a wide variety of media– including photographic material, ceramic sculpture, film, and narrative performance, he attempts to reconcile the painful, personal and shared experiences of existing as black & queer in America. His works asks what it would mean to imagine a past and future where bodies like his own can exist as ‘whole’ —to not perpetually labor merely in order to exist, but to thrive and play; to be renewed.

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