Devin Troy Strother

Bag It Up and Sell It

Sep 7 — Oct 7, 2017
New York, Downtown

Marlborough is pleased to present Bag It Up and Sell It, a solo exhibition of painting and sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Devin Troy Strother. 

Strother’s work has long explored the intersection of contemporary art and the depiction of African Americans by the broader media. However, as the exhibition’s title signals, the most recent pieces emphasize a critique of the art market, as well as the pressure and influence economics can place upon an artist’s output. 

The paintings are created in accreted layers of printed text, found images, cut-out figures, and skeins of paint which have been poured flat, dried and applied like blankets to the surface. In this configuration, quotes from Dave Chapelle (the comedian whose rejection of the commercial aspects of his art are well documented) are draped in Lynda Benglis-like swirls of pigment making an unexpected connection between two dissident innovators. Compressing these types of seemingly polarized references into a single picture plane, Strother acknowledges the anger that is so often adjacent to humor and the marginalization that can necessitate technical progression. 

Works

Bag it up and sell it pierre le hors, view 22
Installation View. Photo: Pierre le Hors.
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Appropriation: part 18 Reparations instalment 1 (where's my 40 acres land), 2017, plastic bags, dry paint, inkjet paper, fabric, dimensions variable
Strother, appropriation part 18 reperations installment 1 (wheres my 40 acres land) (detail 1), 2017, plastic bags, dry paint, inkjet paper, fabric, dimensions variable, cnon 59.445
Detail: Appropriation: part 18 Reparations instalment 1 (where's my 40 acres land), 2017, plastic bags, dry paint, inkjet paper, fabric, dimensions variable
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Appropriation: part 3 "nigga im knitting right now, what you want from me?" (nigga i'm crocheting socks), 2017, mixed media on panel, 40 × 30 × 7 in., 101.6 × 76.2 × 17.8 cm
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Appropriation: part 14 Pauly Shore x Richard Price x Richard Pryor x 6 Black Cowboys, 2017, mixed media on panel, 411/4 × 301/2 × 3 in., 104.8 × 77.5 × 7.6 cm
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Appropriation: part 4 "TLC was right about them fucking waterfalls tho" (nigga i fell in twice in a hour), 2017, mixed media on panel, 42 × 321/2 in., 106.7 × 82.6 cm
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Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
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Appropriation: part 15 "nigga, please put some fucking shoes on" (this ain't the jungle no more, it's safe here), 2017, mixed media on panel, 611/4 × 50 × 6 in., 155.6 × 127 × 15.2 cm
Strother, appropriation part 7 nigga you got paint in my eye again, 2017, mixed media on panel, 40.625 x 30.5 x 3.5 in., 103.2 x 77.5 x 8.9 cm cnon 59.434
Appropriation: part 7 "nigga you got paint in my eye again", 2017, mixed media on panel, 405/8 × 301/2 × 31/2 in., 103.2 × 77.5 × 8.9 cm
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Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
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Appropriation: part 6 "did i ever tell you that robert motherwell, is my babies daddy, daddy?", 2017, mixed media on panel, 601/2 × 481/2 × 21/4 in., 153.7 × 123.2 × 5.7 cm
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Appropriation: part 8 "can we swop races for the day?" (just for a lil bit, a hour tops), 2017, mixed media on panel, 613/4 × 48 × 21/4 in., 156.8 × 121.9 × 5.7 cm
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Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
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Appropriation: part 19 "i had a dream that mark grotjahn was my father and that david hamons was my mom”", 2017, aluminum, edition of 3 , 101/2 × 73/8 × 111/2 in., 26.7 × 18.7 × 29.2 cm
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Appropriation: part 16 "im gonna pass the credit to all the people involved" (glenn ligon x robert mapplethorpe x jeff bridges x robert motherwell x bobby rauschenberg x huma bhabha), 2017, mixed media on panel, 62 × 481/2 × 8 in., 157.5 × 123.2 × 20.3 cm
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Appropriation: part 10 "niggas don't buy flowers for each other anymore," said Laura Owens to Roberta Smith, 2017, mixed media on panel, 401/2 × 305/8 × 41/2 in., 102.9 × 77.8 × 11.4 cm
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Appropriation: part 9 (your culture is my and my culture is your culture, just don't call me brotha), 2017, mixed media on panel, 401/8 × 30 × 51/2 in., 101.9 × 76.2 × 14 cm

Press

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