TERN Gallery presents Balancing Act, a two-person show featuring new work by local artists, Jodi Minnis and Drew Weech. The artists, both originally from Nassau, were paired together for their keen acuity, as both observe their environment with consideration, clarity and critique. Balancing Act will be on view from May 25th to July 1st, 2023 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 25th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Weech and Minnis’ paintings and drawings (and, in Minnis’ case, sculptures) unpack and reflect upon Bahamian society, its structures and strictures. While there is a literal equilibrium between the artists’ approaches, using clean, graphic lines in many cases to unpack caricatures of the human—specifically Black Bahamian—figure and how it has been perceived and packaged by a largely colonial or touristic gaze, there is also a balance in the works themselves between levity and gravity.
Jodi Minnis (she/her, b. 1984, Nassau, The Bahamas) is a visual artist whose practice contends withmultiplicity through the lens of gender, race and culture. Utilizing drawing, collage, sculpture and performance, she scrutinizes the traditional representations and tropes around Black, specifically Bahamian, women.
Drew Weech (he/him, b. 1984, Nassau, The Bahamas) is a painter based in Harlem, New York, who explores various historical and contemporary archetypes to vivify his own conflicted feelings about the notion of “home.” Working primarily in black and white, his practice rejects notions of a single-story by diffusing the space between the past and the present.
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