Litvak Gallery (group)
3 Shvil Hamifal, Tel Aviv 66535 Israel
October 2015

Art Expo Chicago, The International Exposition
of Contemporary and Modern Art
Booth: AlbertzBenda Gallery
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL
Sept. 17-20, 2015

Trio: Beyond Boundaries (3 person)
Alexandria Museum of Art
933 Second Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Dec.5 - Feb. 22, 2015

Space Notations (solo)
B2OA Gallery
515 W 26th St. (lower level)
New York, NY
Jan. 22 - Feb 23, 2015

Distrust That Particular Flavor
Curated by Dexter Wimberly
Bitforms Gallery
131 Allen Street
New York NY 10002

Abstract America Today (group)
Saatchi Gallery
London, UK
May 20th - Sept. 2014

B2OA Gallery (solo)
515 W 26th St. (lower level)
New York, NY 10001
May 1, 2014 - May 31st

An invitational solo project fair for contemporary art.
March 6-9th
8 2MERCER / SoHo, New York

The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (group)
"Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves"
Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator
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

The Studio Museum in Harlem
Artist in Residence Exhibition
July 17, 2013 - Oct 27, 2013
144 W 125th St., New York, NY 10027

Cullen Washington, Jr.

In my work, I use the grid as a metaphor for human interconnectivity and to represent the universal framework that undergirds all things. When I was a kid I didn’t want to be an artist, I wanted to be a scientist, because I wanted to understand my environment and metabolize it. I loved nature and all it's mysteries, the universe and space. I’ve always been interested in the framework of what we see as materiality, the thingness of reality. The grid for me is a metaphor for the scaffolding that holds the material world together.

The origin of the word abstract is the Latin abstractus, which means to take away. So when pondering abstraction, I think about it as the theft of reality, the stealing of reality. So when you see the squares on the painting, they are peeled away, they are folded back or folded forward, a peeling away of reality and what is beneath it is blackness, the mystery, the cosmos, the unknown – and that is what is holding everything and everyone together. The grid is both a compositional device and a philosophical idea.

To convey materiality and the idea of noir, I use what’s at my disposal which includes everything from tape, canvas, acrylic paint, charcoal dust, Black chalkboard paint, paper, Black copier toner, acrylic medium, Black ink, Kraft paper, wax coated cotton string, latex house paint, rubber, wire, hot plastic glue and ear phone cushions. These are collage paintings so object is paint to me.