January 18 - March 1, 2021
Broadcast at the gates of Sweet Pass, a series of flavor-rich field recordings take us through a panorama of secluded and public spaces - layering up with synthesizer, bird songs, and white noise into a sound parfait. These movements, simultaneously serene and mundane, are frequently punctuated by overhead helicopters, rushing traffic, and the rumble-clang of construction equipment; jolting us from lucid dreams back to the city's interior.
Neon Sign Designed by Artist
Mohammed describes the piece as “trying to take the walls off of the car” as he carries us between worlds and scenes “to hand somebody back the vacation or the destination trip that they weren’t able to have due to us all being locked in our houses for the last year”. The looping composition becomes a non-orientable surface - forever pushing us forward as we sit at the gates of a dormant lot waiting for spring. Listen to Mohammed talk about the work below.
Portrait provided by the artist
Azikiwe Mohammed (b. 1983, NYC) is a graduate of Bard College where he studied photography and fine arts. Mohammed received the Art Matters Grant in 2015 and the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in 2016. He is an alumnus of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York, and Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey. His work has been reviewed in magazines and publications including Artforum, VICE, I-D, Forbes, BOMB and Hyperallergic. Azikiwe Mohammed's work has been presented in a number of solo exhibitions including the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia and the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, New York as well as group exhibitions at MoMa PS1, Queens, New York and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. His most recent project, Black Painters Academy is set to begin this year and will provide free painting / painting adjacent classes and materials while highlighting the rich cannon of black art history.
Video clip provided by the artist
Press for AWAY MESSAGE III:KERA Art&Seek (Gila Espinoza)