Marcia Kure “Reticulation”

Susan Inglett Gallery

poster for Marcia Kure “Reticulation”
[Image: Marcia Kure "Beloved I" (2022) Photomontage on paper, 19 3/8 x 17 1/8 in.]

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Susan Inglett Gallery presents new work by Marcia Kure in her fourth solo exhibition.

Following her commissioned site-specific installation NETWORK, currently on view at the Menil Drawing Institute, and The Amina Project, commissioned for the group exhibition PROCESS, at Alexander McQueen London, Marcia Kure continues to explore the complex histories of trade and migration through drawing, sculpture, and collage. A formal synthesis of these recent projects, this exhibition represents an expansion of Kure’s established oeuvre and a deeper consideration of past, present, and emerging systems of power. Through abstraction, Kure asks how visible and invisible structures can be dissolved into line.

Reticulation investigates our shared responsibility in perpetuating networks of migration and exchange. Kure uses line as mark, metaphor, memory, and systems tracker. Using paper and canvas soaked and marked with natural pigment—kola nut, indigo, and charcoal—the artist places pressure on the material components of her drawings as commodities that map the movement of bodies throughout time. Kure’s drawings reference the curvilinear shape of the Uli line, a Nigerian design motif traditionally drawn on bodies. Treating the paper or canvas as skin, these marks become a site of remembrance, holding within them histories of colonization and exploitation.

A series of grid paintings on paper underscores the artist’s relationship with nature, yet another system of exchange. In a painstaking process, Kure invites the labor of seasons and the passage of time to partake in the creation of her works; cluster-like images, dotted planes, and geometric patterns trace the outcome of this collaboration.

In her collage series, Kure combines source material from her studio, pulling images from Oprah Winfrey’s book, Journey to the Beloved, as well as beauty and fashion magazines to create bodies where histories of colonial subjugation and standards of beauty collide. Kure evokes the work of early Dadaist photomontage, utilizing mass-produced imagery and ethnographic renderings to discuss global capitalism. These seemingly unconnected parts merge to represent a network of entanglement, implicating us all in the structures of movement and power.

Marcia Kure (b. 1970) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores post-colonial existentialist ideas and identities. Based in both Nigeria and the United States, Kure employs a range of material strategies to address historical, existing, and potential systems of power. Kure’s work has been seen recently at the Menil Drawing Institute, Houston; Alexander McQueen, London; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and the Wanås Konst Sculpture Park, Knislinge. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the British Museum, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, among others.

NETWORK at the Menil Drawing Institute will be on display through 22 September 2022.



from September 06, 2022 to October 15, 2022

Opening Reception on 2022-09-06 from 18:00 to 20:00


Marcia Kure

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