12 Apr 2018
Jeff Donaldson: Dig
Everson Museum of Art
Reviewed by Joel Winkelman
Jeff Donaldson's stunning afrofuturist collage works are the centerpiece of his first museum retrospective. Set on corrugated cardboard, these densely packed pieces place figure drawings within fields of brightly colored geometric patterns. Sharp points contrast with human curves, lending each work a disorienting depth and ambiguous perspective. Close looking reveals a surprising amount of detail on the camouflaged figures. From a distance, the repetition of geometry dominates.
Donaldson's acrylic works of the 1980s and '90s, also featured here, share with the collage pieces repeated, colorful patterns, his self-described transAfrican aesthetic. They are more relaxed and spacious, featuring more fully revealed figures, that of musicians at work. In One for Bear Den (1991), a harpist plays against soft pastels, orbited by geometric flowers and lines. It's a celebration of great black music, from ancient times to the future.
|Exhibition||Jeff Donaldson: Dig link|
|Start date||20 Jan 2018|
|End date||29 Apr 2018|
|Presenter||Everson Museum of Art link|
|Venue||401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY, USA map|
|Image||Jeff Donaldson, Majorities, 1977, mixed media, 44 x 36 inches, courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York and the Everson Museum of Art|
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