It’s hard to not have a reaction when viewing the work of Devin Troy Strother. Whether a laugh, scorn or everything in between, the Los Angeles-based artist has built an interesting aesthetic that is arguably just as much about contemplation as it is in provocation.
Today Strother unveiled a new solo exhibition at Over the Influence in Bangkok. In “Durag Activities,” a title that references Baby Keem’s track of the same name, Strother presents a series of new paintings that alludes to both art history, particularly his fondness of Philip Guston, along with subverting racial stereotypes in an attempt to examine how oppressed peoples can reclaim their histories and power through repurposing imagery and aesthetics.
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“I used this title when imagining a group of men going undercover to seek vengeance upon a group whose sole purpose was to eradicate my brothers and sisters. In going under cover and having to wear those awfully stupid ass white hoods on their heads, I imagined my brothers would wear a durag on top of their heads to protect that precious black hair and skin from them evil white linens”, said the artist in a statement.
“Durag Activities” is on view at OTI Bangkok until June 25.
Also on view, Ugo Rondinone meditates on space and time at Kukje Gallery.
Over the Influence
81 Tri Mit Road
Talat Noi, Samphanthawong
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