Bryant Park Shoeshine, 2016
42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City
For this participatory public performance, I bought a pair of all-white Air Force 1's and received a shoeshine at the stand on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The work embeds itself in the practice of shoe-shining to explore it's material and metaphorical qualities, and it's relationship to aspects of identity, power, and labor.
An Effort To Defend
Wave Pool Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
For this exhibition, I made posters which feature people from the New Bed Stuy Boxing Center, Trans Boxing, and the Queen City Boxing Club. During the opening, I invited a local musician, Freedom Nicole Moore, to perform, and afterwards, I held a public outdoor screening of Frank Rhodes 1995 USBA Super Middleweight title fight in a neighbor named Venus' backyard. After the screening, Frank, Hardface (another trainer from the gym), and I went back to the Wave Pool Gallery to look at the show, and to watch a fight.