SCAD presents a virtual exhibition at Photo London Digital
The preeminent university showcases dynamic work from alumni artists Le’Andra LeSeur and Ervin A. Johnson.
SCAD presents a virtual exhibition of work by Ervin A. Johnson (M.F.A., photography, 2015) and Le’Andra LeSeur (B.F.A., photography, 2014) at this year’s Photo London Digital, the UK’s premier photo fair. The artists’ work interrogates themes like identity, community, and gender, and reflects on many facets of personal and collective Black experience. Both LeSeur and Johnson approach photography through varied methods and media that are highlighted through their engaging work on display.
Le’Andra LeSeur’s multifaceted work celebrates Blackness, contemplates the experience of invisibility, and seeks to dismantle and reclaim stereotypes surrounding Black female identity. The work on display at Photo London includes recent videos that explore these themes through elegant recordings of the artist’s body or others, as they perform simple gestures that conceptually speak to the representation of Black identity.
Ervin A. Johnson’s photo-based, mixed-media work reimagines cultural and racial identities. In his most recent series, #InHonor, he pays homage to the lives lost to police brutality and racism. Shown in Photo London Digital are selections from Johnson’s Monolith and Variation series, in which the artist creates closely cropped photographed portraits, which serve as the launching point for cutting, painting, collaging and manipulating.
This marks the second year SCAD has participated in the fair showcasing talented alumni from the university’s top-ranked photography degree program. The exhibition is presented by SCAD Art Sales, a full-service art consultancy that offers distinctive design and curatorial services to a global clientele of collectors, businesses, and organizations. Created in 2016 by SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace, the consultancy provides international audiences exposure to the university’s talented alumni, students, and faculty. SCAD Art Sales is illustrative of the university’s worldwide community of more than 45,000 emerging artists and industry leaders intent on making the world a more well-designed place.
About the artists
Le’Andra LeSeur (B.F.A., photography 2014)
Le’Andra LeSeur is an artist who works primarily with video, installation, photography, painting, and performance. Her awards include Leslie-Lohman Museum Artists Fellowship (2019), the Time-Based Medium Prize as well as the Juried Grand Prize at Artprize 10 (2018). LeSeur recently appeared in conversation with Marilyn Minter at the Brooklyn Museum, presented by the Tory Burch Foundation and has lectured at RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI, and SCAD Atlanta, among others. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Assembly Room, New York, NY; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Anacostia Art Center, Washington, DC; SITELAB, Grand Rapids, MI; Amika Dawkins, Atlanta, GA; and others. Residences include NARS Foundation, Marble House Project, and Mass MoCA. LeSeur is represented by Microscope Gallery.
Ervin A. Johnson (M.F.A. photography, 2015)
Ervin A. Johnson utilizes photo-based mixed media to reimagine his cultural and racial identity via photography and video. In his most recent body of work, #InHonor, Johnson pays homage to the lives lost to police brutality and racism.
In 2016, Johnson was awarded the Critical Mass Solo Exhibition Award, followed by the 2016 Diane Dammayer Fellowship. The Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues creates a space for a socially engaged photographer to produce a compelling and dynamic body of work highlighting human rights and social issues. Most recently, Johnson exhibited across the U.S., most notably at Arnika Dawkins Gallery in Atlanta and Detroit’s Wright Museum. He was chosen as one of the 2017 Critical Mass finalists. In 2019, Johnson was chosen to be an Artist in Residence for the Center of Photography at Woodstock. Most recently, he has exhibited at the Photography Show by AIPAD and with the European Cultural Center during the 2019 Venice Biennale.
SCAD Art Sales
A full-service art consultancy, SCAD Art Sales offers distinctive design and curatorial services to a global clientele of collectors, businesses, and organizations. SCAD Art Sales thrives in projects of every size from modest residential and commercial spaces to large-scale venues such as the Art Collection at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the offices of Facebook, Heathrow Airport, and hotels by Sotherly. With access to a vast network of more than 45,000 artists and designers, SCAD Art Sales provides the creative resources, guidance, and expertise needed to define your personal style and revolutionize your collection. scadartsales.com | [email protected]
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