Allana Clarke: A Particular Fantasy
A collaborative exhibition between Usdan Gallery and Art Omi
Usdan Gallery opening reception: Tuesday, October 2
Art Omi opening reception: Saturday, October 8
The artist’s first institutional solo show, “Allana Clarke: A Particular Fantasy” involves concurrent exhibits at Usdan Gallery and Art Omi. A Trinidadian-American artist, Clarke is known for using materials such as sugar, cocoa butter and hair-bonding glue to construct works that confront histories of colonialism and Western standards of beauty. As she stretches, pushes, pulls and molds these materials, she frees them from their traumatic origins and offers a metaphor to free herself from the violent compartmentalizations of Black identity.
Usdan programming will foreground ideas of process central to Clarke’s practice. Performance videos on the walls leave the gallery floor open as a stage where the artist—in residence for several weeks at the College—will construct a 25-foot-long hair-bonding glue sculpture, her largest artwork to date. The installation at Art Omi complements the Usdan show, with videos, glue sculptures, and a series of large-format photographs in which Clarke confronts her conception of her own physical form as influenced by her internalization of “globalized culture.” A video of Clarke producing her floor sculpture at Bennington will be on view in both locations.
A Usdan Gallery-published catalog about the collaborative exhibit will feature an essay by Stephanie E. Goodalle, an editor and advisor who focuses on the experiences of the Black diaspora.
Located in Ghent, NY, Art Omi presents large-scale works in nature in the Sculpture & Architecture Park, as well as indoor exhibitions in its gallery. Art Omi also has five distinct residency programs and a thriving education program.