Francks Deceus Exhibition Opening at FiveMyles
In the Plus/Space
May 28 – June 26, 2022
Opening: Saturday, May 28, 5:30 – 8pm
Rooted in the artist’s experience as a Black man and Haitian immigrant raised in an urban context in the United States of America, Deceus explores the tension between self-actualization and social structures. Through conceptual, abstract and figurative painting, collage and drawing Deceus examines a layered experience of identity. With an understanding of himself as a human being, an immigrant, and a racialized body, the negotiation of power dynamics rooted in historical systems and practices generates a particular type of pressure on both himself and other bodies of color; one that impedes our existence, our livelihoods and our ability to move freely within society. This pressure is embodied visually in the loaded symbolism of the hose – most notably a tool of violence in the civil rights movement – which acts as the central antagonist in his most recent body of work, Mumbo Jumbo.
Francks F. Deceus was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, 1966. He currently resides and maintains a studio in Brooklyn, NY. Deceus received a B.A. in Sociology from Long Island University, NY, in 1992.
Deceus has studied printmaking at the venerated Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. In June of 2007 he completed a month-long printmaking residency in Gentilly, France. In February 2008 he was the recipient of the Samella Lewis Award for Painting in the Hampton University Museum’s juried exhibition, “New Power Generation 2008”.
His solo exhibitions include N’Namdi Contemporary, FL., the Pounder-Kone Art Space, LA. Salina Gallery, LIU Brooklyn, NY. The works of Deceus have entered numerous private and public collections, including Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, NY. Xavier University, New Orleans, LA, and the Schomburg Center, New York Public LIbrary, NY.
Gallery hours: Thurs.-Sun., 1-6pm
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