Cosmic Traffic Jam
Los Angeles, CA – Zevitas Marcus is pleased to announce the opening of Cosmic Traffic Jam, a group exhibition featuring the work of twenty artists of color for whom painting is a potent language of examination, resistance and change. The exhibition was organized by Alex Jackson, Umar Rashid and Steven Zevitas. If the divisive policies of the current administration have moved anything forward, it’s the active causes of damage that essentialism and individuation bring. Historic and deep-seated issues are addressed in the reductive, binary, and fearful vocabulary of profitable versus unprofitable, black versus white, us versus them. This language forces us into an eternal vicious cycle, where we continue to produce and reify the same ideas, structures, and answers repeatedly in the name of “progress.” Painting offers a detour through and/or around language, where the picture may thwart our normative conception of knowing and understanding. It is within the slippage of language that we may begin to imagine a freedom decoupled from the notion of Freedom produced under the genocidal regime of the transatlantic slave trade.