Nikesha Breeze: Black Archive and Alex Ponca Stock: Color Relatives are on view through March 16, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, February 17, 6-8 pm at Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque.
Nikesha Breeze: Black Archive and Alex Ponca Stock: Color Relatives
on view through March 16, 2024
artists’ reception: Saturday, February 17, 6-8 pm
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque
Two new exhibitions at Richard Levy Gallery present thought-provoking and culturally significant bodies of work. Black Archive is an exhibition of paintings, photographs, and sculptural installations by Nikesha Breeze. Color Relatives comprises beaded artworks by Alex Ponca Stock.
Breeze’s Black Archive explores themes of restoration. The installation Southern Comfort features two antique chairs symbolizing the opulence and superficial gentility of the Antebellum South. The restored upholstery juxtaposes luxurious jacquard fabric with hand-harvested cotton and human hair stuffing. Recent works from Archival Portraiture and the W.E.B. Du Bois Portraits series, a new interactive installation, Pastoral Scenes, and a site-specific installation, Land Effigy, are also included in this exhibition. Breeze’s interdisciplinary approach prompts viewers to reconsider established historical narratives and engage with history in a new light.
Breeze is an African American/Assyrian interdisciplinary artist, activist, and educator based in Taos. She was recently selected by the New Mexico Women in the Arts as one of five Women to Watch in New Mexico in 2024. This year, Breeze’s 108 Death Masks in bronze is being unveiled at the Freedom Monument Sculpture Park in Montgomery, Alabama. This monument and Breeze’s work were recently featured in the New York Times.
Color Relatives by Alex Ponca Stock is a collection of abstract beaded broadcloth works characterized by the use of colored glass beads arranged on colored wool. As a member of the Osage Nation, she employs beadwork, a craft historically rooted in tribal ceremonial adornment, on wool broadcloth, a form of currency between Osage people and early European traders. Ponca Stock’s work has been exhibited by the Denver Art Museum, the First Americans Museum, and the Osage Nation Museum, among others. The artist resides in Santa Fe. This is Ponca Stock’s first exhibition at Richard Levy Gallery.