jc Lenochan, "dont be a paleface" from the Melanin Chronicles.
In his solo exhibition, Decolonization: a class project, artist jc Lenochan is challenging viewers to critically (re) consider and respond to how history has facilitated and shaped classroom pedagogy. Within his intricately adorned classroom-as-art installation Lenochan's treatment of 19th century school desks and chalkboards with references to Kenneth Clark's Civilization on how Western European society cultivated art, architecture, philosophy, science and engineering juxtaposed with quotes from Native American activist Leonard Peltier creates a cognitive dissonance that will force us to reflect on how our education system has either programmed or de-programmed our social and cultural condition.
At its core jc Lenochan's practice and institutional critique are multiple investigations that confront otherness, cultural bias and fabrications of whiteness as the hegemonic force.
jc Lenochan earned a BFA from the University of Oklahoma in 1993, an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University in 1996 and he attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2001. He is the recipient of the 2012 Brodsky Centre Print and Paper Fellowship, the 2012 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant, the 2012 Elizabeth Foundation for the arts fellowship and the 2010-2011 Pollock-Krasner Award. For more: www.jclenochan.com