Freedom: and Other Seldom Travelled Roads

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Freedom: and Other Seldom Travelled Roads

@ Sept 2008 - moved to New York
Los Angeles, CA 90012
October 28th, 2006 - December 6th, 2006
Opening: October 28th, 2006 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wed-Sat 12-6

Freedom: and Other Seldom Travelled Roads
October 28 – December 9, 2006   

Mary Goldman Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by artist Sanford Biggers, on view from October 28 through December 9, 2006.  An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, October 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

From hip-hop imagery to sacred iconography, Biggers’ work shows how symbols operate within the language of cultural expression.  A subverted Soul record jacket decorated with disco mirrors combines with an ‘80s arcade façade to create a six pointed star. Themes of sacred geometry and its appearance in disparate spiritual practices such as Buddhism, Islam and Judaism suggest a universal truth and the possibility of cosmic harmony. Biggers also investigates the lost history of black Americans, exposing the gap between contemporary knowledge and historical fact. Jocko, a series of bronze chrome-plated lawn jockeys, appear to be melting into (or growing up from) the earth. The lawn jockey, a stereotypically racist symbol, gets its origin from Jocko Graves, a black youth in the service of George Washington whose heroic deeds inspired a popular sculpture once erected on Mt. Vernon. Other pieces merge history with urban culture, often employing titles suggestive of the multiple layers behind the work. The sculpture Ghettobird Tunic, for example, takes its title from street slang for the helicopters that police Los Angeles. The piece, comprised of a floor length coat popular in hip-hop fashion is bedecked with exotic feathers, creating a regal ceremonial robe similar to those used in African rituals.  It is within these discrete creative spaces that Biggers is able to transcend the mundane and everyday to a place without limits, a place to channel the source.

Originally from Los Angeles, and currently living in New York, Biggers has recently exhibited in London, Warsaw, Moscow and Budapest.  In the coming months he will be showing in Beijing and Vienna. He is also participating in a musical collaboration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in San Francisco.  Past shows include the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas and Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California.  His work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and group exhibitions at The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York and The New Museum, New York.  This is his second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Mary Goldman Gallery is located at 932 Chung King Road in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment.  For further information, please contact the gallery at 213 617 8217 or email Visit our web site to find information on current and past exhibitions and gallery artists.

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