321 Gallery is pleased to announce that it will be collaborating with CAPITAL Gallery (San Francisco) on exhibiting a new dance floor piece by Raque Ford for the UNTITLED Art Fair, San Francisco.
Karafun 2 is in the spirit of the archetypal dance floor. But unlike the neutered and whitewashed portrayal of disco as seen in Saturday Night Fever (1977) or its derivatives, Ford's 16 x 16 foot acrylic floor piece is a celebration of identity through the highly codified movement of dance. Its reflective surfaces reaffirm each movement, miming the dancer above it. Feelings of desire, adoration, longing, despair, jubilation, possession and domination–themes throughout Ford's work–will be etched and laser cut on the surface, and enacted through the dancers of the floor.
Raque Ford (b. 1986, Columbia, Maryland) is a Brooklyn-based artist. Solo shows include My Biggest Fan (CAPITAL, San Francisco, CA); con•fi•dence (Williamson and Knight, Portland, OR); Karafun (The Fort, Brooklyn, NY); Carolyn (Shoot the Lobster, NYC); It’s All About Me, Forget About You (Species, Atlanta, GA); That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet (Soloway, Brooklyn, NY; and Raque (Welcome Screen, London); Recent two-person and group exhibitions include Raquel Racquel (S1, Portland, OR); In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New (Sculpture Center, Queens, NY); Dusty Contessa Finds a Homestead (Kimberly Klark, Queens, NY); A Pool is Water (Galerie Division, Montreal); Room Service (Motel, Brooklyn, NY); and Absolutely Yours (321 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY). Ford was awarded a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (Brooklyn, NY) 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.