On Documentary Abstraction: September 30-December 17, 2017 at Art Center/South Florida, Miami Beach.
On Documentary Abstraction outlines a set of practices that reveal the evidentiary potential in objects and shapes, and look past the standard aesthetics of data visualization. Arguing against the equivalency of figuration and representation, this exhibition foregrounds non-photographic forms such as sculpture and painting that communicate historical and political information through abstraction, and that operate dually on a formal aesthetic level and as the visualization of data and affect.
Featuring artists Torkwase Dyson, Tomashi Jackson, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, and others, the works in On Documentary Abstraction explore, among other things, legacies of lynching in the U.S. South, the history of cost-benefit calculations on laboring bodies, and the systemic similarities between color theory and civil rights legislation. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and film programs on expanded forms of visual abstraction and the rich historical connections between politics and abstract art.