Art & Art History
Voices: Kori Newkirk
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street
Multi-disciplinary artist Kori Newkirk s (born 1970) self-described ghetto-fabulous conceptualism is based upon transforming modest materials into a rich miasma of loaded signifiers whose symbolic possibilities are always matched by their formal elegance. His multimedia paintings, sculptural installations, and photographs explore the formal properties of materials, the politics of identity, and the artist s personal history. Newkirk s use of hair pomade, plastic pony beads, neon lights, photographs, and other materials deftly blends medium and message.
His solo exhibitions include a ten year retrospective, Kori Newkirk: 1997 2007 at the Studio Museum in Harlem, as well as shows at The Project, New York; Locust Projects, Miami; and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In 2004, he won the William H. Johnson Prize.