Solo Exhibitions of Major New Works by Jadé Fadojutimi and Hugh Hayden to Culminate 2021 Season at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
On View During Art Basel Miami Beach, ICA Miami Presentation Marks Fadojutimi’s Solo Museum Debut
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) reaches the apex of its 2021 season with two solo exhibitions dedicated to rising artists Jadé Fadojutimi and Hugh Hayden, marking the first solo museum presentation for Fadojutimi. Debuting a range of newly commissioned works created in the past year, the exhibitions highlight two artists at pivotal moments in the trajectory of their practices, who represent innovative approaches to their mediums and explore pressing global themes. Rounding out a year of dynamic solo presentations at ICA Miami, including the first solo museum exhibitions for established and emerging artists alike, these exhibitions reflect the museum’s ongoing commitment to providing a critical, international platform for the most exciting voices in contemporary art and expanding scholarship and understanding of their work.
“Fadojutimi and Hayden are each leaders in a generation of artists reinvigorating their mediums, while also exploring pressing historical and contemporary themes that advance our understanding of the world and each other,” says Alex Gartenfeld, Artistic Director of ICA Miami. “Jadé’s new work sees her experimenting significantly with installation and scale in order to continually advance her dynamic practice. Hugh has taken on new modes and trenchant political critique through his innovative approach to material and form. We are thrilled to provide this critical institutional platform and advance scholarship on their practices and to facilitate the creation of groundbreaking new work. We look forward to welcome a wide audience, in Miami and internationally, to engage with their dynamic practices.”
Also on view during this time, ICA Miami’s program will feature Serious Moonlight, a presentation of rarely-seen installation works by pioneering artist Betye Saar in its second floor Special Exhibition Gallery, in addition to focused, monographic presentations in its first-floor galleries, including works by Shuvinai Ashoona, Ellen Lesperance, and Harold Mendez.
Jadé Fadojutimi: Yet, Another Pathetic Fallacy
November 30, 2021 – April 17, 2022
The first solo museum presentation for this fresh voice in painting, Yet, Another Pathetic Fallacy features a suite of new, layered large-scale paintings created for the exhibition, alongside a range of existing works—providing a comprehensive snapshot of the artist’s trajectory to date. Representative of a new generation that is reinvigorating abstraction, Fadojutimi cites and updates the key art historical elements of the twentieth century—grids, webs, transparency and layering, and the mixing of disparate kinds of mark-making—to suggest processes or elements that are in exalted search for their final forms, blossoming, or in movement. Her complex images, which use a surprising and electric color palette, can suggest plants and garlands, microscopic activity, marine landscapes, or stained-glass windows, lingering at the cusp of abstraction and figuration, landscape and object.
Co-organized by Gartenfeld and Gean Moreno, ICA Miami’s Director of the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center, the exhibition is a comprehensive consideration of Fadojutimi’s deep interior world, presenting works that highlight her wide range of techniques, the complex emotions she explores, and the inspiration she takes from her immediate environment.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalog with newly commissioned scholarly essays by Moreno, Suzanne Hudson, and Gilda Williams, and an interview with Gartenfeld.
About Jadé Fadojutimi
Jadé Fadojutimi (b. 1993) is a rising new voice in painting, whose work has been featured in a solo exhibition at PEER UK, London, in 2019, and is currently on view at Tate Britain, the Hepworth Wakefield, and as part of a British painting exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London. Her work is included in numerous institutional collections, including ICA Miami, Tate London, Walker Art Center, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Studio Museum, and the Hepworth Wakefield. Fadojutimi will participate in the Liverpool Biennial 2021, and she has forthcoming solo exhibitions at the Hepworth Wakefield in 2021, and at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, in 2022. Fadojutimi lives and works in London. She earned a B.A. from The Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2015 and an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2017.
Hugh Hayden: Boogey Men
November 30, 2021 – April 17, 2022
Hayden: Boogey Men features a suite of monumental new works. In his innovative work across mediums, Hayden creates anthropomorphic forms that explore our relationship with the natural world. Formally trained as an architect, Hayden deploys laborious processes—selecting, carving, fabricating—resulting in dynamic, surreal, and critical responses to personal experience and social and cultural issues. Renowned for his use of wood—taking disparate species and manipulating them to reveal complex histories and meanings—Hayden crafts intricate metaphors and meditations on experience and memory that question social dynamics and the ever-shifting ecosystem.
Featuring a series of new works that contend with personal and recent political themes, Boogey Men is bifurcated into two spaces that suggest suburban interior and exterior and which highlight the artist’s interest in socially producing spaces. A white carpet creates a dramatic cul de sac, which will grow dirty as visitors pass over it during the exhibition. At the center of this space is Boogey Man (2021), a monumental work in stainless steel. Depicting a police car draped in a white cover, this ambiguous, anthropomorphized form takes on a cartoonish, even childlike ghostly presence, while also evoking the ominous silhouette of a hooded Klansman, making a powerful statement on the role of police brutality in the United States.
A second room suggests an interior space, where the artist presents Roots (2021), a skeletal figure made of bald cypress trees, its surfaces proliferated with bifurcating branches. Among other references, the work cites a family tree: Hayden sourced the bald cypress trees, a species synonymous with the Gulf Coast and Southern states, from Louisiana, where his mother grew up and where he visited frequently in his youth. Hanging from the ceiling is Soul Food (2021), a cluster of copper-plated pots pans, the cacophony consists of 12 musician and instrument pairs each made up of a cast iron skillet anthropomorphized with an African mask —as well as imprints of the artist’s own mouth and ears—and a copper pot fused to a brass instrument. The artist has long been preoccupied with traditional African artifacts and masks, anthropomorphized forms, and traditions, and here these themes come together into a monumental jazz band, touching on the origins of American cuisine and music.
About Hugh Hayden
Hugh Hayden (b. 1983) has had solo exhibitions at The Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey in 2020 and at White Columns in New York in 2018. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Sculpture Center, New York, NY, USA (2021); Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2020); The Shed, New York, NY, USA(2019); Pilot Projects, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2018); Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT, USA (2015); MoMA PS1, Rockaway Beach, New York, NY, USA (2014); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY, USA (2014); and Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, USA (2013), among others. Upcoming projects include a major project commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, opening in January 2022; and Hayden has conceived a group exhibition with Public Art Fund that will open in May 2022. Hayden is the recipient of residencies at Glenfiddich in Dufftown, Scotland (2014); Abrons Art Center and Socrates Sculpture Park (both 2012), and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011). Hayden was born in Dallas, Texas and lives and works in New York City. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.
Exhibition Organization and Support
Major support for Hugh Hayden: Boogey Men is provided by Helen Kent-Nicoll and Edward J. Nicoll and Lisson Gallery, London/New York. Additional support is provided by C L E A R I N G, New York/Brussels.
Exhibitions at ICA Miami are funded through the Knight Contemporary Art Fund at The Miami Foundation.
Image: Jadé Fadojutimi, A Whisper of a Decadent Twilight (2021). Courtesy the artist and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
About the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, advancing new scholarship, and fostering the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions and programs, and its collection, ICA Miami provides an important international platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists, and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative art of our time.
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