SeenUNseen
Curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Installation photography, Seen<em>UN</em>seen, curated by Alison Saar
Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz / 
Psychic Engine, 2019 / 
watercolor, gouache, and collage on paper / 
11 x 15 in. (27.9 x 38.1 cm) / 
Framed: 15 5/8 x 19 1/4 x 1 3/8 in. (39.7 x 48.9 x 3.5 cm)
Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz / 
El Cucuy, 2019 / 
watercolor and gouache on paper / 
18 x 15 in. (45.7 x 38.1 cm)
Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz / 
Corner Store / 
work on paper / 
14 7/8 x 11 1/8 in. (37.8 x 28.3 cm) / 
Framed: 20 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (51.4 x 41.3 cm)
Keisha Scarville /
Keisha Scarville /
Keisha Scarville /
Keisha Scarville /
Keisha Scarville / 
Mama's Bones, 2018 / 
bones, acrylic paint, and rhinestones variable / 
10 parts, each approx. 2 x 2 x 3/4 in. (5.1 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm)
Arthur Simms / 
Flower Tree, 1996 / 
rope, wood, wire, screws, paint, metal / 
50 x 23 x 24 in. (127 x 58.4 x 61 cm)
Arthur Simms / 
Run and Hide, 1999 / 
graphite, glue, thread, wire, aluminum foil, linen / 
40 x 33 x 1 3/4 in. (101.6 x 83.8 x 4.4 cm)
Rina Banerjee / 
This bluest of form, this ocean, in the
darkest of hour this moonless night, awaked by brown earthly movements, shifts in the night, the tiniest creatures invisible, visible tumble over people as messengers who knew more of what was, in the beneath, invisible, 2018 / 
wood panel, acrylic, sequin, marbled and Batik paper, cow horn, thread, copper nails, silver leaf / 
40 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (101.6 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm)
Rina Banerjee / 
Blame Vapors humid without tobacco, opium, etc. and in 14 hours of labor to starch out from Asia, Africa things fit for Queen, spice, furniture, silks made to cloak, cape cultures West, to make a nice nest for English fish, gold chips, ships in the mist would eat bread in ruthless houses to fix commerce, extend it to inhuman reach., 2020 / 
acrylic, ink and collage on paper / 
30 x 22 3/8 in. (76.2 x 56.8 cm)
Rina Banerjee / 
Thieves Clutch and climbed to reach with grasping hands what is already owned, soon will be unowned, like Microbe migrations the movement of objects like possible nourishment snatched have a magnetic attraction, freed from captivity, to be under another sun, accumulated by someone else, by way of theft, from pillage out of museum, from pillage, from sacred temple. This that which can be snagged and snatched caught in an effervescent circulation., 2018 / 
mixed media / 
40 x 21 x 14 in. (101.6 x 53.3 x 35.6 cm)
Kathy Grove / 
Harbinger, 2006 / 
archival pigment print / 
Image: 36 x 24 3/8 in. (91.4 x 61.9 cm) / 
Framed: 43 3/8 x 31 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (110.2 x 80.3 x 3.8 cm) / 
AP 1
Kathy Grove / 
Hettie and Mary 9, 2008 / 
archival pigment print / 
Image: 36 x 26 7/8 in. (91.4 x 68.3 cm) / 
Framed: 43 3/8 x 34 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (110.2 x 86.7 x 3.8 cm) / 
AP 1
Kathy Grove / 
Erratics, 2011 / 
archival pigment print / 
37 1/4 x 25 1/8 in. (94.6 x 63.8 cm)
Vanessa German / 
Lemonheads, 2021 / 
mixed media sculpture / 
28 x 23 x 10 in. (71.1 x 58.4 x 25.4 cm)
Vanessa German / 
This Togetherness, (Couples Therapy), 2021 / 
love, wood, astroturf, 1 vintage mirror, 1 new mirror, bone beads, sorrow, keys, forgiveness, vision, terror, loneliness, selfishness, blood, hate, shame, rage, cannabis, saltwater, tears, salt, horror, beaded trim, locks and keys, prayer beads: yarn, cotton, textile, desperation, hiding, magic, medicine, healing, measuring spoons, clear quartz, black tourmaline, good sex, bad sex, masturbation, amethyst, brass mask beads, lies, vulnerability, binge eating, cowrie shells, self-loathing, buttons, compromise, eye- contact, slowness, softness, wire, glass beads, tears, agate, grace, mercy / 
25 x 33 x 12 in. (63.5 x 83.8 x 30.5 cm)
Vanessa German / 
Workhorse, 2016 / 
mixed-media assemblage / 
67 x 30 x 20 in. (170.2 x 76.2 x 50.8 cm)
Vanessa German / 
Bottle Tree in my Body; Power figure to the simultaneous presence & pressure of the past, the present & the future, 2017 / 
mixed-media assemblage / 
87 x 36 x 30 in. (221 x 91.4 x 76.2 cm)
Vanessa German / 
Power Figure to Protect Megan Thee Stallion, 2021 / 
mixed media sculpture / 
23 x 20 x 8 in. (58.4 x 50.8 x 20.3 cm)
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle / 
The Evanesced: The Retrieval #56, 2018 / 
India ink on Dura-Lar / 
40 x 25 in. (101.6 x 63.5 cm)
JOJO ABOT / 
Lisa Deka, 2015 / 
Bogolan, acrylic, yarn / 
63 x 41 x 2 in. (160 x 104.1 x 5.1 cm)
JOJO ABOT / 
Mawu Deka, 2015 / 
Bogolan, acrylic, yarn, beads / 
66 x 41 x 2 in. (167.6 x 104.1 x 5.1 cm)
Julia Haft-Candell / 
Small Expanding Moss Green, 2021 / 
bronze / 
4 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. (11.4 x 13.3 x 12.1 cm)
Julia Haft-Candell / 
The Woven Loop Kicks the Nothing/Everything, 2021 / 
bronze and ceramic / 
14 x 5 x 6 1/2 in. (35.6 x 12.7 x 16.5 cm)
Julia Haft-Candell / 
Swimming Through: Navy, Orange, 2020 / 
ceramic / 
20 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 10 in. (51.4 x 44.5 x 25.4 cm)
Alison Saar / 
Hecate, 2021 / 
acrylic and charcoal on canvas seed sacks / 
84 x 38 in. (213.4 x 96.5 cm)
Alison Saar / 
[to be titled], 2021 / 
55 x 26 x 20 in. (139.7 x 66 x 50.8 cm) / 
(Inv# ALS21-039)
Alison Saar / 
[to be titled], 2021 / 
72 1/4 x 25 x 20 1/2 in. (183.5 x 63.5 x 52.1 cm) / 
(Inv# ALS21-038)
11 Nov 2021 - 8 Jan 2022

SeenUNseen builds its energy around the idea of Spirit Portraiture. The belief that spirits can be captured in visual form predates ancient history, but emerged forcefully around the turn of the 20th century with the advent of popular photography. This new medium ushered in manipulations of image that could “capture” spirits and evoke other phenomenal presences on film. Extending this idea into the present day, the artists gathered here are believers, agitators, healers, and mediums, channeling power and narrative from history, folklore, politics, and ancestral inheritance. They catch hold of something from the great beyond and bring it to life within their work, giving face to the intangible energies that infuse our world.

press release


JOJO ABOT, Rina Banerjee, Vanessa German, Kathy Grove, Julia Haft-Candell, Kenyatta A.C. Hinckle, Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz, Alison Saar, Keisha Scarville, Arthur Simms


SELECTED ARTICLE

Miranda, Carolina. "Artist Alison Saar on why she gives power to the Black female body." Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep 2021.
latimes.com
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