By Cristabell Fierros,
The Cal State Dominguez Art Gallery will launch its first exhibition since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with South Central artist Lauren Halsey’s Afrofuturism and funk-inspired work going on display Saturday, March 12.
Halsey incorporates architecture and found, crafted and handmade objects into her art, which draws inspiration from funk and Afrofuturism. Indeed, the theme of his latest exhibit, which runs through Dec. 10 at Cal State Dominguez Hills, is “creating funky places” and Afrofuturism, according to the University Art Gallery. Afrofuturism is a movement – spanning art, philosophy, academia and other disciplines – that envisions a better future for black people, according to a 2020 article in UCLA magazine.
Halsey’s exhibit will premiere with an opening reception from noon to 6 p.m. at the Dominguez Hills Campus Gallery, 1000 E. Victoria St., near Carson, nearly two years after her work was supposed to be exposed to it – until the pandemic is postponed this.
“The gallery has been closed for two years; we all feel extremely excited to reopen with Halsey’s work,” said Aandrea Stang, Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art and Design at CSUDH. “We look forward to a celebration together.”
Halsey, who was unavailable for comment, grew up in South Central Los Angeles and attended the California Institute of the Arts, where she studied architecture from an art perspective. She also holds an MFA from Yale University.
Halsey’s works focus on the mid-south, using found materials, the names of various people and places, and “house colors” to create “architectural mappings,” according to a University Art press release. Gallery. Halsey also uses two color schemes – the red, black and green of the Pan-African flag; and orange, yellow, pink, and blue “hyper pigments,” which the artist associates with South Central — in a way that “etches the decelerations, provocations, naming of the dead, and aesthetic genius of black people,” the gallery of art mentioned.
Halsey’s exhibition will feature her sculptures, paintings and mixed media.
Stang, who met Halsey in the summer of 2018, helped curate and organize the artist’s last solo exhibition. One of the “great things” about the show, Stang said, is that the floor is mirrored. And the foreground is also draped in foil, the gallery’s press release says.
“So it kind of reminds you of looking into the future,” Stang said, “but it also really reflects all the work that will be on the walls and the sculpting work.”
The Saturday reception is open to the public. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.