Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Courtyard Gallery Presents Carris Adams: Send-Go

Painting with black dense background and Pookie's written in yellow script
Pookie's. Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 72" X 106". 2014

The Courtyard Gallery is pleased to present Send-Go, an exhibition of new paintings from The University of Texas at Austin alumna Carris Adams. In her large-scale paintings and drawings, Adams appropriates and resignifies vernacular signs taken from local businesses in diverse neighborhoods. Transplanting these designs from streets onto canvas or paper, and inserting them into an art gallery, she seeks to expose how the signs function as social markers that are implicitly classed, raced and gendered. When deprived of the surrounding context, they invite viewers to question the ways in which they make sense of place and identity.

In Send-Go, Adams will present recent work that examines the repercussions of reducing a black woman’s body into an object marked for mass consumption. Works on view, such as Lady Mocha ask: What does it tell us about how a black female body is valued, both by her own community and others? Do our perceptions shift when she is compared, in turn, to a precious stone? Embellished with glitter and hardened by enamel, Adams’s paintings render visible captivating and enduring stereotypes constructed around black womanhood.

Dallas native Carris Adams received a B.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and an M.F.A. from the University of Chicago in 2015. She currently lives and works in Chicago. Adams’ works have been shown in the exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York (2016), Logan Art Center Gallery in Chicago (2015), and South Dallas Cultural Center (2014), among other venues. Her first solo exhibition, titled This, That, and the Third, was on view at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago in March of this year.

Exhibition on view from May 11 – September 9, 2017
Opening Reception: May 11, 2017 // 5–7 p.m.