Resident Artist Exhibition: Kearra Amaya Gopee, Pamela Council, and Claire Lachow - Red Bull Arts Detroit

Resident Artist Exhibition: Kearra Amaya Gopee, Pamela Council, and Claire Lachow

Please join us on July 19th, from 4-9pm for the opening of a group exhibition of works completed during the three-month Artist Residency by Kearra Amaya Gopee, Pamela Council, and Claire Lachow.

About the artists:

KEARRA AMAYA GOPEE is a Trinidadian photographer & visual artist based in Los Angeles, California. Gopee’s practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of that which is inflicted on the Caribbean by the global north. Using personal experiences as a point of departure, Gopee addresses themes of migration, intergenerational trauma, queerness, and difference while seeking to complicate the viewer’s understanding of economic and social marginalization in the post-colonial Caribbean. They have been an artist-in-residence at NLS Kingston, ACRE and the Vermont Studio Center, and have presented work at Harvard University, Eyebeam and the Caribbean Studies Association. Gopee’s work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, and Columbia University, among others. They are an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

PAMELA COUNCIL is mad exuberant. Pamela Council is making fountains as dedications to Black joy and value. Pamela Council is guided by material, cultural, and metaphysical research. Pamela Council’s emergent practice embodies a darkly humorous and inventive Afro-Americana camp aesthetic, BLAXIDERMY. Through this lens, Pamela Council uses architecture, sculpture, installation, jokes, and performance to create restorative gestures and shed light on under-examined and under-valued narratives.

Pamela Council has created commissions for Studio Museum in Harlem & Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Pamela Council has exhibited and presented work at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, United States Library of Congress, Williams College Museum of Art, Recess, and VOLTA. Pamela Council has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bemis Center, Rush Arts, MANA Contemporary, Signal Culture, Watermill Center, and Wassaic Project. A recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and the 2018 Rema Hort Mann Community Fund Grant, Pamela Council holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Columbia University. Pamela Council was born in Southampton NY and lives in the USA!!USA!!USA!!

CLAIRE LACHOW is an artist and writer whose work exists between physical and digital environments. Lachow’s work probes the materiality of digital objects and flatness in the material world, fixing on the cultural and political predicaments of commodification, desire, language, and identity. Lachow’s visual vocabulary is influenced by the Baroque period, video games, and memes. She is a founding member of MATERIAL GIRLS, a flexible and non-hierarchical collective of artists dedicated to building community, fostering collaboration, and opening up space by facilitating exhibitions and educational initiatives, offering freely available resources, and sharing tools. Lachow’s work has been exhibited at the Governors Island Art Fair, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, The Museum of Human Achievement (MoHA), and SPRING/BREAK Art Show, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.