Jul 24th 2021

Andrea Coleman and Warith Taha: A Composition of Memory

@ FLXST Contemporary

2251 S Michigan Ave, Suite 220, Chicago, IL 60616

Opening Saturday, July 24th, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Sunday, August 29th

We are thrilled to announce the opening of “A Composition of Memory” featuring the work of Newcity magazine’s 2021 breakout artist Andrea Coleman and Oakland-based black queer artist Warith Taha. The Chicago-based Ciera Alyse Mckissick guest curated the thoughtful show for FLXST. The opening reception is Saturday, July 24 from 4-7 pm, in the A-Side of the gallery.

Coleman’s digital collages source photographs and memorabilia from family photo albums, archival imagery, and oral histories. Mark making on the portraits is Coleman’s way of constructing memories that are oftentimes recollected from different family members to create larger visual narratives through digital manipulation. Taha’s collages and illustrations are also rooted in the manipulation of the figure and archival imagery, using found images from 90’s gay adult magazines, family photos, and self-portraiture. Through the use of paint, Taha explores the process of covering and uncovering this imagery, referencing the historical omission of these marginalized bodies and voices from the art historical canon.

* The opening reception is a general admission event, and reservations are not necessary. But you are more than welcome to make one by using the Tock app or website.

** COVID-19 Update: The wearing of face masks is optional. We do not have the capacity to check guests’ vaccination cards. If you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to continue to wear a face mask.

WHAT: Opening Reception: “A Composition of Memory”


WHEN: Saturday, JULY 24, 2021, 4 pm – 7 pm

WHERE: FLXST Contemporary, 2251 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 220, Chicago, IL 60616

Image credit: (left) Warith Taha, “Flying at Half Mast,” enamel on paper with collage and found photo, 37 x 27.5 inches, 2019 (right) Andrea R. Coleman. “Earlene,” digital print on canvas, 50 x 37 inches, 2020. Courtesy of the artists and FLXST Contemporary.

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