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Cullen Washington Jr.
updated: 10/03/2010
website: www.cwashingtonstudio.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Mothership 1
Mothership 2
Mothership 3
Event Horizon 1
Event Horizon 2
Event Horizon 3
Event Horizon 4
Black Hole at the Top of th Key
Mass
Weight
45 degrees
Untitled 2
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, futuristic, geometric, identity
 
 
Mothership 1 by Cullen Washington Jr.
Mothership 1
charcoal and acrylic on paper
2010
31.5 " x  29.5 " 
Mothership 2 by Cullen Washington Jr.
Mothership 2
charcoal and acrylic on paper
2010
38.5 " x  28.5 " 
Mothership 3 by Cullen Washington Jr.
Mothership 3
charcoal and acrylic on paper
2010
45 " x  38 " 
Event Horizon 1 by Cullen Washington Jr.
Event Horizon 1
Photo on matte paper
2010
14 " x  9 " 
Event Horizon 2 by Cullen Washington Jr.
Event Horizon 2
mixed media
2010
14 " x  9 " 
Event Horizon 3 by Cullen Washington Jr.
Event Horizon 3
Photo on matte paper
2010
14 " x  8 " 
Event Horizon 4 by Cullen Washington Jr.
Event Horizon 4
Photo on matte paper
2010
14 " x  7 7 " 
Black Hole at the Top of th Key by Cullen Washington Jr.
Black Hole at the Top of th Key
Photo on matte paper
2010
30 " x  24 " 
Mass by Cullen Washington Jr.
Mass
charcoal on paper
2009
30 " x  22 " 
Weight by Cullen Washington Jr.
Weight
graphite on paper
2010
30 " x  22 " 
45 degrees by Cullen Washington Jr.
45 degrees
charcoal and graphite on paper
2010
30 " x  22 " 
Untitled 2 by Cullen Washington Jr.
Untitled 2
Photo and basketball net
2010
37" x  50" 

Artist Statement

SPACE IS THE PLACE

    Cullen's current body of work utilizes objects bearing evidence of southern culture and social memory. His desire to reconcile his specific cultural identity with the broader context of the universe. In doing so, Washington creates binary representations that signify place and space. The use of Black and white tonalities reference this tension between the individual and the universal. Conversations between social histories and cosmic esoterics create a new cosmology. Basketball hoops become black holes, catfish nets become alien motherships and wood paneling becomes nebula.

In making the work, Washington approaches sculpture and photography with a drawing sensibility. And in turn, creates drawings with sculptural qualities. To further contrast conditions, photos are placed beside drawings and sculpture beside video. Each individual piece works within a gestalt. One piece informs the other in a collective narrative.

Artist Bio / CV

CULLEN WASHINGTON, JR.

Born Alexandria, LA

Education

2010 Skowhegan Residency, Skowhegan, ME

2009 M.F.A., Tufts University / School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1994 B.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Solo / Two-Person Exhibitions

2009 Hero’s Story: New Works by Cullen Washington. Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA (cat.)

2008 New Perspectives: Cullen Washington, Jr. and Ernesto Cuevas. The Rialto Art Center, Atlanta, GA

Cullen Washington Jr. and James Taylor. Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 CUE Foundation Exhibition of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Recipients, New York, NY

2009 ROOTED, Online Finalists Exhibition, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition: Principles and Perspectives in Progress. The Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, Clemson, SC (cat.)

Mix it Up. Rhonda Schaller Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY

Black Creativity 2008. Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

2007 Live Free or Die. Rhonda Schaller Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY (cat.)

Honors, Awards and Grants

2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation, MFA Grant

2008 Creative Loafing, Critic’s pick for Best Emerging Visual Artist of Atlanta 08

2002 Arts Ambassadors Emerging Artist Award, The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and La Capitale Chapter of The Links Inc. 5th Annual Tribute to Excellence

Exhibition catalogues

2009

Hero‘s Story: New Works by Cullen Washington, Jr. Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA

Principles and Perspectives in Progress. The Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University

2007

Live Free or Die. Rhonda Schaller Gallery, New York

Reviews

2009

McQuaid, Cate, “Behind the Mask of Heroes”, The Boston Globe, December 23, 2009

2008

“Best of Atlanta, Critic’s Pick Best Emerging Visual Artist: Cullen Washington, Jr.” Creative Loafing, September 21, 2008