THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM has supported three promising new artists working in various disciplines. The museum announced the selection of Cameron Granger, Jacob Mason-Macklin, and Qualeasha wood as 2021-22 artists in residence. The group is the last to participate in the germinal program, which has provided material and institutional support to artists of African and Afro-Latinx origin since 1968.
Ohio is well represented among artists. Video artist, Granger was born in Cleveland and currently lives and works in Columbus. Born in Columbus, Mason-Macklin paints “animated by a fascination with the media of the Soul Power era in the United States”. Meanwhile, Wood is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist who often expresses himself through textiles.
From left to right: 2021-2022 artist in residence Jacob Mason-Macklin, Qualeasha Wood and Cameron Granger. | Images: Photo by Ally Caple; Courtesy of Qualeasha Wood; Courtesy of Cameron Granger
The cohort is the second to participate in the residency under Special Precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will begin their residences remotely, with critical aspects of the program remaining intact. Artists will receive advice and professional development from the museum, including visits to workshops with museum curators and other art professionals, and support for any research needs.
“We are delighted to welcome Cameron Granger, Jacob Mason-Macklin and Qualeasha Wood to the Studio Museum’s Distinguished List of Artist-in-Residence,” said Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum, in a statement.
“The Artist-in-Residence program is fundamental to the institution and has a profound impact on the careers of emerging artists. After five decades of providing institutional support to working artists, developing cutting-edge research around their practices, and presenting their work to new audiences, we are able to reflect and be very proud of how the program has always supported the careers of so many artists of African descent.
Presentation of the artists in residence 2021-2022:
CAMERON A. GRANGER, “All the Things I’ve Ever Learned,” 2019. | © Cameron A. Granger. Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Luke Stetner
Cameron A. Granger
Born in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio; Currently based in Columbus, Ohio
Granger grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, alongside his mother, Sandra, inheriting his love of soul music and his habit of apologizing too much. A video artist, Granger uses his work both as a place of memory and a means to craft new strategies of commemoration in the age of mass media. His recent projects include “Everybody’s Got a Little Light Under the Sun”, a free catering and short film program produced in collaboration with Willowbeez Soul Veg and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and “The Get Free Telethon” a 24 hour live community fundraiser for the Columbus Black Queer Intersectional Collective, Healing Broken Circles and Columbus Freedom Coalition, sponsored by Red Bull Arts. An alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2017, Granger has exhibited his work at The Bémis Center, Omaha, Neb. (2021); Ortega and Gasset projects, Brooklyn, New York (2019); and Platform Rf, Vaasa, Finland (2019).
JACOB MASON-MACKLIN, “Smoker in the Woods 2”, 2020. | © Jacob Mason-Macklin, courtesy of the artist
Born 1995, Columbus, Ohio; Lives and works in Queens, NY
Mason-Macklin’s work explores the collision between image and matter. Using archival images and personal forms, Mason-Macklin explores new fashions and subjects in an attempt to channel a raw, murky and eager current. His practice was motivated by a fascination with the media of the Soul Power era in the United States. Distorted screenshots of sets from Soul Train, footage from Blaxploitation films, and covers from mid-20th century R&B and funk albums such as “Hell” by James Brown (1974) and “I Want You” by Marvin Gaye (1976), Mason-Macklin uses sharp, cutting and undulating brushstrokes to create a gap between the bodily and the image in order to simultaneously embrace and destabilize the patterns of libido and violence typical of the iconography of the counter-culture. Mason-Macklin is a 2016 alumnus of the Yale-Norfolk Summer School of Art and a 2019 alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been exhibited at Page (New York) (with Ryan Huggins, New York, NY (2021); Interstate projects, Brooklyn, New York (2020); No Place Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (2020); and Jeffrey Stark Gallery (with Cudelice Brazelton), New York, NY (2017).
QUALEASHA WOOD, “Cult Follow”, 2018 (jacquard woven with glass seed beads, 51 X 74 inches / 129.54 cm X 187.96 cm). | © Qualeasha wood. Courtesy of Cooper Cole, Toronto
Born 1996, Long Branch, New Jersey; Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Wood combines traditional craftsmanship and contemporary digital materials inspired by a family relationship with textiles, queer crafts, Microsoft Paint, and internet avatars. Their work asks questions about the place, purpose and hope of the non-ontological black queer female body. Wood holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2021, they were invited to create a trunk for the 200th anniversary of Louis Vuitton. Wood exhibited at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London 2021; CANADA, New York (2021); Kendra Jayne Patrick for Metro Pictures, New York (2021); the Trout Art Museum, Appleton, Wisconsin. (2020); NADA Miami Beach to Kendra Jayne Patrick, Miami (2020); New Image Art, Los Angeles (2020); Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada (2019); and Gluon Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (2019).
The residency period runs from October 2021 to September 2022, culminating with a group exhibition at MoMA PS1. Since 2019, the artist-in-residence’s exhibitions have been presented at MoMA PS1, as part of a collaboration between the two museums while the new Studio Museum building on 125th Street is under construction.
Granger, Mason-Macklin and Wood join a legacy of over 150 artists. Alumni of the Studio Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Program are some of the most critically acclaimed artists active today, including Frank Stewart, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Sanford Biggers, Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Wangechi Mutu, Simone Leigh, Meleko Mokgos, Titus Kaphar, Adam Pendleton, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Lauren Halsey, Jordan Casteel and Tschabalala Self. CT
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