Raque Ford, NADA Miami, exhibition view

Photos by Daniel Terna. Images courtesy of 321 Gallery.


Raque Ford
Yours Truly, Georgia Brown
NADA Miami
December 1–4, 2016

321 Gallery is pleased to present Yours Truly, Georgia Brown, a new body of work by Raque Ford. This marks Ford’s third time showing with 321.

Ford has developed a practice that seeks to address the contemporary condition of social bondage and idolization from a uniquely female perspective. Often using found text—lyrics from female R&B leads or lines from fan letters to female celebrities— Ford creates enigmatic narratives of desire and adoration. She deploys symbols of owers, chains, angels, and demons into her work, addressing subjective relationships to power and authority.

For the 2016 edition of NADA Miami Beach, 321 Gallery will be showing sculptures comprised of laser cut acrylic panels from Ford’s recent series based on Georgia Brown, a femme-fatal character from Cabin in the Sky (1943), the rst cinematic musical with an all-black cast. In this project, Ford re-imagines the character as a surrogate for various archetypes, personas and tropes, infusing them with personal e ects and experiences.

Raque Ford (b. 1986, Columbia, Maryland) is a Brooklyn-based artist. Solo shows include That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name (Soloway, Brooklyn) and Raque (Welcome Screen, London); Recent two-person and group exhibitions include Raquel Racquel (S1, Portland); In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New (Sculpture Center, Queens); Dusty Contessa Finds a Homestead (Kimberly Klark, Queens); A Pool is Water (Galerie Division, Montreal); Room Service (Motel, Brooklyn); and Absolutely Yours (321 Gallery, Brooklyn). Ford was awarded a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (Brooklyn) and was a resident at S1 (Portland, OR). Ford graduated with a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and received her MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.