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Cullen Washington Jr

SELECTED WORKS BY Cullen Washington Jr

Infinity
Cullen Washington Jr
Infinity

2013

Tape, acrylic, paper, canvas

213.4 x 304.8 cm
“For me, the grid is the compositional and conceptual device upon which my work hinges itself. It is the vertical and horizontal framework that holds unlimited things”.
Untitled #5
Cullen Washington Jr
Untitled #5

2013

Canvas, paper, tape, found materials

213.3 x 365.7 cm
There is a fetishistic quality to Cullen Washington’s paintings, evident in his use of scraps of pre-used canvas held together with sticky tape to form a rugged, rhythmic surface. His broadly monochromatic collages are punctuated with bursts of raw colour that introduce cultural references through a use of found materials.
Untitled #4
Cullen Washington Jr
Untitled #4

2013

Canvas, paper, tape and found materials

229 x 213 cm
The initial immediacy in the appearance of these paintings is underpinned by a considerable thought process, Cullen has commented “Sometimes weeks of visualization and clarification in my thinking precede the actual act of making which can then be swift and deliberate.”. Untitled, 1, 2012, Untitled 4, and 5, 2013 and Infinity, 2013, are all irregularly shaped, un-stretched paintings that are constructed around a loose grid, while still adhering to the rules of formal purity followed by painters such as Mondrian and Malevich. The variety of materials used in these paintings are treated with equal importance, both for their surface appearance and texture, as if Washington is using them as he would paint itself, for their colour, flatness, roughness, geometric precision and so on. For example, instead of replicating a type of mark or effect with paint, he substitutes them with the real thing. Turned up edges resemble paint drips, black tape provides a defined outline while also physically separating and defining areas of the painting, establishing a rigour that belies the harshness of its functional nature.
Untitled #1
Cullen Washington Jr
Untitled #1

2012

Canvas, paper, tape and found materials

213 x 366 cm
The freedom Cullen applies in assembling his work echoes the ideas of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat or Robert Rauschenberg who physically deconstructed painting in order to look for ways to extend its possibilities. The result is deliberate, richly built-up surfaces that flip between 2D and 3D relief and demonstrate an intuitive and subtle sensitivity towards this hands-on working process.

Text by Gemma de Cruz

Cullen Washington Jr's BIOGRAPHY

Cullen Washington Jr
Born in 1972, Alexandria, Louisiana , LA
Lives and works in Roxbury, MA and Brooklyn, NY



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014
Black Moon Rising, Jack Bell Gallery, London
The Land Before Words, curated by Lynne Cooney, at the Boston University

2013
Things in Themselves, Curated by Lauren Haynes, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

2012
One Dimension, Rush Arts Gallery, NY

2011
Cosmic Commentaries: Michiko Itatani and Cullen Washington, Jr
Curated by Angela Bryant, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Ceci n'est pas une Black History Month Show, Curated by Charles McGill, Arthur
M. Berger Art Gallery at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY

2010
Space is the Place, Hall Space Gallery, Dorchester, MA
Hero‘s Story, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

2009
Black Males, Heroes and Villains in the Art of Cullen Washington. Museum of the
National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA (cat.)
2008
New Perspectives: Cullen Washington, Jr. and Ernesto Cuevas. The Rialto Art Center, Atlanta, GA
Cullen Washington Jr. and James Taylor. Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Black in the Abstract, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

2012
Formed Perceptions, Curated by Charlotte Mouquin, Corridor Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011
"Superheroes", 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, New Mexico (cat)
16th Annual International Juried Exhibition (Best in Show), Soho20 Chelsea, curated by Dean Daderko, New York, NY

2010
Joan Mitchell MFA Award Group Show, CUE Foundation, New York, NY

2009
ROOTED, Online Finalists Exhibition, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
Paint: Black on Canvas, African American Painters of Boston. Bunker Hill College, Boston, MA
Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition: Principles and Perspectives in
Progress, The Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, Clemson, SC (cat.)
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University, Medford, MA

2008
Mix it Up, Rhonda Schaller Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY
Black Creativity 2008, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

2007
Live Free or Die, Rhonda Schaller Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY (cat.)

2006
Emergence, Khaki Gallery, Wellesley, MA