ON THE LINE
Recent Works by Tyrone Mitchell
This exhibition runs through May 27, 2015.
Merton D. Simpson Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition from contemporary artist and educator Tyrone Mitchell, On The Line. With a well-nourished background in variant forms of visual communication such as Conceptualism, Folk art, sculpture, and traditional painting, Mitchell presents a new body of work that addresses a range of concerns from the global to the personal. This exhibition opens on March 31 and runs throughMay 27, 2015. The opening reception takes place on April 16th, 2015. Much of Mitchell’s practice is derived from specific memory and experience growing up in the Deep South, as well as his exposure to traditional African and Indigenous art. In this solo exhibition, Mitchell’s work communes with rare pieces sourced from the spine of West Africa: assemblage comes face to face (literally) with imposing masks, kinetic sculptures speak to headdresses, and seemingly everyday objects fuse both material and meaning with physical remnants of an ancient world. Rather than forcing an intended reaction or prescribed associations, Mitchell’s body of work playfully encourages broader dialogues between social, cultural, and political interactions by synthesizing quotidian elements (a mannequin’s hand, a toy car and a flashlight) with well-documented artifacts sourced from the personal collection of Merton D. Simpson. Mitchell’s travels through India, Mali, and Timbuktu all leave their marks in quiet, harmonious reverberation. I n essence, Mitchell provides his audience with an environment that is deeply connected to the ethos of being a Black American, alongside the challenges that confront all human beings, regardless of their point of origin. Tyrone Mitchell was born in Savannah in 1944. He pursued his studies at the New York Studio School and at the Art Students League. Solo exhibitions of Mitchell’s work have been staged at G.R. N’Namdi Gallery (Chicago/Birmingham, AL), Bomani Gallery (San Francisco), The Bronx Museum of Art and the Newark Museum of Art. Group exhibitions have been staged at venues including The Studio Museum in Harlem, Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), and the Fukui City Art Museum (Japan). Special honors include the Hattie McDaniel Fine Arts Award (2004), fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fellowship (from the MuseéClaude Monet), The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts. Mitchell is a Professor in the Art Department at Queens College (CUNY) and has lectured at Bard College, Hunter College, and the Delhi College of Art in India. Mitchell lives and works in New York.