The sewing in my work has two functions. It allows for the various elements of the painting to be held together, almost like a glue, and it’s also a way for me to draw. The sewing allows me to further articulate different parts of the body and the features of my subjects. I can create depth, and a bulging kind of sculptural effect through stitching. The details in the figures are constantly evolving throughout the making of the piece, and aren’t added at one particular point. — Tschabalala Self*
New works by Tschabalala Self—paintings, drawings, sculpture, and an audio piece—are now on view in Manhattan in COTTON MOUTH, the artist’s debut show at Galerie Eva Presenhuber.
See link below for details.
Through December 19.
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
39 Great Jones Street, New York City.
*“Tschabalala Self in Conversation with Lydia Yee,” in Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium, edited by Yee, Cameron Foote, and Candy Stobbs (London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2020).
Tschabalala Self, Cotton Mouth, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York, November 7, 2020–December 19, 2020, from top: Fast Girl, 2020, fabric, thread, charmeuse, silk, velvet, paper, pigment, acrylic, and painted canvas; Lil Mama 2, 2020, fabric, craft paper, tulle, dyed canvas, acrylic on canvas; Black Face with Streaked Wig (red and black), 2020, colored pencil, acrylic paint, gouache, charcoal, graphite on archival inkjet print; Black Face with Yellow Breasts, 2020, colored pencil, acrylic paint, gouache, charcoal, graphite on archival inkjet print; Sprewell, 2020, fabric, painted canvas, silk, jeans, painted newsprint, paper, stamp, thread, photo transfer and acrylic on canvas; Pocket Rocket, 2020, digital print on canvas, denim, fabric, thread, painted canvas, dyed canvas, acrylic and hand mixed pigments on dyed canvas; Loveseat prototype 2 (Brown Hips), 2020, plaster cast and house paint; Black Face with Animated Face, 2020, colored pencil, acrylic paint, gouache, charcoal, graphite on archival inkjet print; Nate the Snake, 2020, digital print on canvas, fabric, thread, stamped canvas, painted canvas, dyed canvas, acrylic and hand mixed pigments on canvas. Images © Tschabalala Self, photographed by Matt Grubb, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich and New York.