Remy Jungerman “Brilliant Corners”

Fridman Gallery

poster for Remy Jungerman “Brilliant Corners”
[Image: Remy Jungerman "Pimba AGIDA VI" (2020) Cotton textile, kaolin on wood 48 x 48 in.]

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Fridman Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition in the United States of Remy Jungerman, whose works explore the intersection of pattern and symbol in Surinamese-Maroon culture, the larger African Diaspora, Jazz, and 20th Century Modernism.

The exhibition will include the artist’s new body of work, featuring wall-based panels and sculptural assemblages of textiles and clay. Jungerman covers bold geometric-patterned fabric with white kaolin clay (both materials are essential for practitioners of the Afro-Surinamese Winti religion), then carves grid lines into the clay, revealing the underlying textile patterns. The resulting surfaces are delicate, tactile, and layered, recalling the low-toned rhythms of the Agida (a long narrow drum used in Winti practice), and the switched key releases, silences, hesitations, and harsh percussive touch of Thelonious Monk.

Alongside the exhibition, in the downstairs media room, the gallery will present a film, Visiting Deities (1962), by the Dutch anthropologist Bonno Thoden van Velzen. The film features the Ndjuka, a Maroon tribe from the area where Jungerman was born. He is a descendant, on his mother’s side, of the Maroons who escaped enslavement on Dutch plantations to establish self-governed communities in the Surinamese rainforest.

Jungerman attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies in Paramaribo, Suriname, before moving to Amsterdam where he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In 2019, Jungerman co-represented The Netherlands in the 58th Venice Biennale. Jungerman will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in November 2021.



from April 07, 2021 to May 15, 2021


Remy Jungerman

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