New York, NY
Rashaad Newsome’s work is hinged on the sampling and the recontextualizing, of contemporary cultural elements in traditional frameworks. Using the equalizing force of sampling or collage, he crafts compositions that frequently surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between identity politics, social practice and abstraction. Newsome’s collages, videos, photographs, sculptures, performances and sound pieces work to oppose cultural essentialisms. They lead us into a realm of uncertainty, in which the symbols presented lose significance, but are nonetheless made comprehensible.
Newsome was born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a BFA in art history at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he studied Film at Film/Video Arts Inc., New York, the city in which he currently resides and works. His work has been exhibited all across the USA and in various other countries—e.g., The Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia), FIVE 2012 (Hong Kong), MoMA PS1 (NYC), MUSA (Vienna, Austria), and other major institutions. His many honors and awards for his work include a 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Visual Arts Grant (NYC), the 2012 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (NYC), the 2010 Urban Artist Initiative Individual Artist Grant, UAI (NYC), the 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts (Saualito, CA), and the 2012 Visiting Artist Residency, Museum of Glass (Tacoma, WA). In 2010 participated in the Whitney Biennial (NYC), and the Biennale: "Commerical Break," Garage Projects, in 2011 (Venice, Italy).
artist’s website: www.rashaadnewsome.com