“On The Road” Exhibition

Jenkins Johnson Projects

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Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah

Jenkins Johnson Projects is pleased to invite you to the first installment of On The Road, an exhibition series curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah highlighting the works of artists he encounters while traveling. Loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s 1957 Beat Generation novel about the travels of young men across postwar America, the title and historical context provide a space for Ossei-Mensah to interrogate contemporary issues of mobility, freedom and identity at a time marked by political and societal unease.

For the inaugural exhibition, Ossei-Mensah focuses on three visual artists based in the Midwest: Caroline Kent, Basil Kincaid and Esau McGhee, all of whom he met in 2017 during his travels across the United States.

Caroline Kent

Caroline Kent received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 2008, and a BS in Art at Illinois State University, Normal, IL, in 1998. Recent and select exhibitions include How Objects Move through Walls (Company Project Space, Minneapolis, MN) and Out of Easy Reach (DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL). Kent is a recipient of the 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Visual Arts; 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; and a 2009 Jerome Fellowship in Fine Art. She is a current Fellow at Shandaken Projects Paint School, New York and the co-founder of Bindery Projects, Minneapolis. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN.

Basil Kincaid

Basil Kincaid, b. 1986, is an emerging, Post-Disciplinary Visual Artist based in St. Louis, Missouri. Kincaid graduated from Colorado College in 2010 with a concentration in Studio Art with emphasis on drawing and painting. He has exhibited work in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boca Raton, Boston, New York, Montpellier, France and Accra, Ghana. Basil Kincaid was the inaugural Artist in Residence at JP Morgan and has four works in their permanent collection. He attended The Fountainhead Residency in Miami in 2017. In 2014-15 Kincaid was the inaugural recipient of the Arts Connect International Artist in Residence Program.

Esau McGhee

Esau McGhee’s interdisciplinary artistic practice is a critique of image construction found in landscape. As of January 2019, McGhee will step into the role of Director at Tiger Strikes Asteroid-Chicago. His artistic practice has also led to the development of the podcast Too Many Degrees, of which he functions as Co-host and Co-producer.

Recent solo exhibitions include Untitled (How Does it Feel) at Goldfinch Projects (Chicago, IL), Economy of Movement at Harper College (Palatine, IL), Blackitolism at Sector 2337 (Chicago, IL) and 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s at Elastic Arts (Chicago, IL). Current Group shows include SILOS at The Art League Houston (Houston TX) and Superimposed at Eastside International (Los Angeles, CA).

Larry Ossei-Mensah is an Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions around the globe in addition to documenting cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as - Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Kehinde Wiley.

Ossei-Mensah currently serves as the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and co-founder of the 501(c)(3) ARTNOIR. Currently Ossei-Mensah has Allison Janae Hamilton: PITCH co-curated with Susan Cross on view at Mass MoCA and Parallels and Peripheries on view at ArtCenter South Florida. In 2019, he will co-curate with Dexter Wimberly the exhibition Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: The Postcolonial Paradox at MoAD, San Francisco.



from November 10, 2018 to January 12, 2019

Opening Reception on 2018-11-10 from 17:00 to 20:00

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