Through a glass, darkly will combine performative videos, drawings and text works that share intense, often abrasive and confrontational examination of race, nationality, otherness and social hypocrisy, its direct blows softened by humor or implied generosity of the artists.
Oasa DuVerney, a recent graduate of Hunter College MFA, will exhibit MILF (mother I'd like to fuck) videos where she gets hired to perform motherly tasks for strangers: chewing their food, washing their floor with her hair, or reading to them in bed. She will also present a set of new drawings and cartoons, and a video installation of her son reenacting the fatal bike ride that led to Crown Heights riots, handmade cardboard bicycle collapsing under him repeatedly.
In addition to Passport Reading premiering at the Moving Image, Julia Kul will re-perform Worth Waiting for, a 1962 Mormon instructional video about chastity and family values. She will also create a large wall drawing Artist as a Restaurant, with traditional Polish menu, each dish paired with a performance proposal to help understand the essence of national character. In another work her secret message to America will be hidden behind QR codes.
Jayson Musson, a Brooklyn-based artist, will show several of his Art Thougtz by Hennessy Youngman, a blinged out character he created for online instructional videos about art practice and art history. Beauty and performance art will be explained. How to be a successful black artist will be addressed by "your boy Hennessy". Musson will also present a group of posters from his BLM (black like me) series, a selection focusing on love - longed for, consumed, cursed, discarded and forgotten.