February 14 – April 14
Opening reception: February 10, 2 – 5 PM
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by David Alekhuogie. The exhibition features a series of newly-commissioned works that use gravity as a metaphor for human struggle. This is encapsulated in a new video by the artist, which focuses on a basketball backboard as a player attempts repeatedly to score. A series of photographs depicting low-slung underwear, commonly associated with hip hop culture, are juxtaposed with concrete sculptures cast from male underwear mannequins to highlight how often the male body is understood through a racial lens. The exhibition also includes a range of bespoke seating, handmade by the artist.
David Alekhuogie explores the formal and conceptual history of media technologies and their impact on identity politics today. Alekhuogie’s recent work examines the visual poetics underlying the way intersecting cultures consciously and unconsciously assign value to race, and gender and gender in America. Trained primarily as a photographer, Alekhuogie takes a multidisciplinary research approach that spans design, textiles, collage, video, photography, and sculpture. He received an MFA from Yale University and a BA from The School of the Art institute Of Chicago in 2013. Alekhuogie’s work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Aperture, ArtReview, Time, Vice and The Los Angeles Times. He lives and works in Los Angeles.