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Remy Jungerman solo exhibition at Fridman Gallery

Remy Jungerman, Pimba AGIDA VI (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood 48 x 48 in. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery
Remy Jungerman, Horizontal Obeah KANGAA II (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin, tar, beads, yarn, acrylic, wood 23.5 x 17 x 3 in. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery
Remy Jungerman, Pimba AGIDA MADAFO I (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood, 31 x 31 in. each. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery
Remy Jungerman, Pimba AGIDA MADAFO II (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood, 31 x 31 in. each. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery
Remy Jungerman, Pimba AGIDA MADAFO IV (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood, 31 x 31 in. each. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery
Remy Jungerman, Pimba AGIDA MADAFO VI (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood, 31 x 31 in. each. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery

Wed, Apr 7 | Sat, May 15
Fridman Gallery

Fridman Gallery is honored to announce the first major solo exhibition in the United States of Remy Jungerman, whose works explore the intersection of pattern and symbol in Surinamese-Maroon culture, the larger African Diaspora, Jazz, and 20th Century Modernism. The exhibition will be on view from April 7 until May 15, 2021.

Remy Jungerman, Horizontal Obeah KANGAA II (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin, tar, beads, yarn, acrylic, wood , 23.5 x 17 x 3 in. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery

The exhibition will include the artist’s new body of work, featuring wall-based panels and sculptural assemblages of textiles and clay. Covering bold geometric-patterned fabric used in the (Afro-Surinamese) Winti religion with the white kaolin clay incorporated in many traditions throughout the African diaspora, Jungerman carves grid lines into the clay, at once obscuring and revealing the underlying patterns of the textile. The resulting surfaces are delicate, tactile, and layered, recalling the low-toned rhythms of the Agida (a long narrow drum used in Winti practice), and the switched key releases, silences, hesitations, and harsh percussive touch of Thelonious Monk.

Remy Jungerman, IMBA AGIDA MADAFO II (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood, 31 x 31 in. each. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery

By placing textile, clay, beads, and nails (featured in Congolese Nkisi Nkondi power sculptures), in direct contact with patterns and forms drawn from established Europe-centric art traditions, Jungerman presents a peripheral vision that does reparative justice to oversimplified perspectives on art history. With a nod to Mondrian’s “Neoplastic Jazz” and Monk’s seminal album Brilliant Corners, Jungerman deepens the hyper-current questions regarding an overdue paradigm shift in cultural heritage while also bridging aesthetic and spiritual energies.

Remy Jungerman, IMBA AGIDA MADAFO II (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood, 31 x 31 in. each. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery

Alongside the exhibition, in the downstairs media room, the gallery will present a film, Visiting Deities (1962), by the Dutch anthropologist Bonno Thoden van Velzen. The film features the Ndjuka, a Maroon tribe from the area where Jungerman was born. He is a descendant, on his mother’s side, of the Maroons who escaped enslavement on Dutch plantations to establish self-governed communities in the Surinamese rainforest.

Remy Jungerman, IMBA AGIDA MADAFO IV (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood, 31 x 31 in. each. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery

About Remy Jungerman

Remy Jungerman attended the Academy for Higher Arts and Cultural Studies in Paramaribo, Suriname, before moving to Amsterdam where he studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In 2019, Jungerman co-represented The Netherlands in the 58th Venice Biennale. In November 2021, Jungerman will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Remy Jungerman, IMBA AGIDA MADAFO VI (2020), Cotton textile, kaolin on wood, 31 x 31 in. each. Photography: Aatjan Renders. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery

Of note

Follow this link to view Fridman Gallery’s virtual walkthrough of Remy Jungerman: Brilliant Corners with Remy Jungermand and artist Odili Odita.

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