The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (group) "Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves" Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, CAMH On view: January 25, 2014- March 23, 2014 Cassel Oliver traces the recent histories of black artists working in abstraction beginning in 1960 to the present, enabling a visual discourse that evolves and shifts over a fifty-year period.
Jack Bell Gallery London (solo) "Black Moon Rising" On view: January 24, 2014- March 2014 With a primary focus on sub-Saharan African artists, this exhibition premieres their first American artist.
Boston University (solo) "The Land Before Words" Curated by Lynne Cooney On view: January 24, 2014- March 2014 This is solo exhibition encompassing work from the past 6 years. Brochure essay written by Chris Stackhouse.
Rush Arts Gallery (group) "I Kan Do Dat" On view: Jan 22, 2014 Curated by Danny Simmons
THINGS IN THEMSELVES The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist in Residence Exhibition July 17, 2013 - Oct 27, 2013 144 W 125th St., New York, NY 10027
ARTIST STATEMENT Cullen Washington, Jr.
My work is about abstraction -- not about abstracting objects, but rather about how I experience the world and about my dialogue with the work in progress. In exploring the origins of the word abstraction, I found it to mean pull away or drag away. Within the context of my work, I think of abstraction as the taking away of worldly things or the theft of reality. With this notion, I think about the extraction of representation or "things" in the work. This is why the new series of works are titled, "No-things" or "nothing" as a place of unlimited interpretation and description.
In both the Untitled series and the No-things series, I try to capture a snapshot of things before they are formed, still in an embryonic state of meaning, forming multiple fluid relationships. The possibilities in this place of in-betweenness interests me. The works take on new directions, meanings and interpretations, and allow for a more open conversation to take place between the work and the viewer, unencumbered by a descriptive title.