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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






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Michael Bauer    Diann Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    David Humphrey    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Jill Mason    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Jill McKnight    Martin McMurray    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    R.H. Quaytman    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Agathe Snow    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

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