de boer (Los Angeles) is pleased to present “Solitudinal Arrivals,” a solo exhibition by New York based Azikiwe Mohammed. The gallery will hosted an opening art party on October 22, 2022. The exhibition will remain on view through January 22, 2022.
Mohammed presents a suite of new paintings and a neon sculpture for his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. In addition, Mohammed transforms the gallery by covering the walls in pink velvet curtains. A primary concern of Mohammed’s work which includes painting, photography, sculpture, performance and found ephemera — is rooted in themes of Black place-making. Interested in constructing spaces of safety and welcome for people of color and for immigrants whose space is often threatened, Mohammed—who self-identifies not as an artist, but as a “dude who makes stuff”—often makes temporary homes and physical spaces for Black people.
The exhibition asks, if solitude is an action then what takes place in its absence? How much of someone’s form can you hear if it’s not tethered to the ground? With gravity being a suggestion for those who can afford it, how do terrestrial concerns extend to those who have no choice but to arrive in silence and to exist in solitude? With the new suite of works in Solitudinal Arrivals, Azikiwe Mohammed thinks around sites in which we have existed, will continue to exist and the locations that have given space to do so, both material and immaterial at once.
The exhibition is an accompaniment to the artist’s upcoming collaborative two person exhibition at the California African American Museum that opens at the end of October.
On view: October 22, 2022 – January 1, 2023
What: “Solitudinal Arrivals,” Azikiwe Mohammed
Where: de boer, 3311 E. Pico Blvd., LA, 90023