Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts presents: Oasa DuVerney
Francis Colburn Gallery Exhibit: Not Immediately Measurable
- By Simone Blaise-Glaunsinger
The University of Vermont Department of Art and Art History and the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts present: Oasa Duverney
Exhibit: Not Immediately Measurable
October 16th - November 5th
Opening Reception: Monday, October 16th at 6:00 pm
Gallery talk: 6:15 pm
Francis Colburn Gallery, 3rd Floor Williams Hall, 72 University Place
Sponsored by the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts
Find out more about the artist here: http://oasaduverney.com/
My subjects are oppression, power and transcendence; they are simple, heavy and sublime. The large-scale graphite drawings depict singular overpowering subjects such as a crashing wave in “Black Power Wave” or an enormous eagle perched on a collapsed woman in “Imperialism,” picking its meal out of her skull. “Dark Cloud” shows a heavy storm, rendered in puffs and scrolls of graphite, a sharp lightning streak slicing out of it, through the paper. The graphite marks are fiercely inflicted on the paper, building texture into three dimensions, so that light glistens and glints off the surfaces, their beauty seducing while their imagery threatens. Heightening the 3D effects of the surface texture, the drawings feature precise cuts where bright colors are visible underneath, offering slivers of what could be sunlight or blood, hope and resistance.
This series of drawings immerse the viewer in a narrative of the complexities of otherness through images adapted from the natural and political landscape. This is reinforced by other works whose imagery belie more direct punches, such as “Bump Stock for A White Amerikkka”.
Oasa DuVerney is a Brooklyn-based artist and mother.
Selected exhibitions, residencies and media include: The Window and the Breaking of the Window, Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC (2016); The Brooklyn Biennial II, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Through A Glass Darkly, Postmasters Gallery, NYC (2012); Rush Philanthropic Foundation Artist Residency (2016), Smack Mellon Studio Artist Residency (2014-2015); LMCC Workspace Residency (2012-2013); Brooklyn Foundation Grant (2016); The Independent, UK (2016), Hyperallergic (2015, 2016), The Guardian,UK (2015), Palestine News Network (2013), and The New York Times (2012, 2011).
She received her B.F.A. from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, and her M.F.A. from Hunter College, CUNY.