Kimberly Mayhorn presents Transcend, a solo exhibition featuring video work at Open Source Gallery.
“Everything in Life is Vibration” – Albert Einstein
Humans are made of energy that is emitted everyday, affecting not only ourselves, but those around us. Mayhorn views energy that settles on the body over time as data. Whether interpersonal, political, historical, or cultural, this data creates invisible scars. Mayhorn views the body as a delicate organ that has the capacity to store energy frequencies of everyday experiences, systemic racism, inequality, generational trauma and is interested in how individuals recalibrate themselves.
Within the narratives presented in Transcend, Mayhorn explores how individuals heal, discharge negative data and carve out a space for themselves amid the noise. By conducting intimate interviews in her two-channel video, Release (2016), Mayhorn explores these ideas with five women as they share their own personal techniques of releasing and what that means to them. By scrutinizing preconceived notions about the concept of a “strong black woman,” Mayhorn does not explore how women carry burdens or any expectations of them, but how they carve out private spaces for themselves. In Chiquita (2017), a single channel video, Mayhorn’s subject explores ideas about self-care and self-preservation under the weight of personal and societal demands.
Kimberly Mayhorn is an Emmy-nominated video editor and self-taught multi-disciplinary artist utilizing installation, sculpture, theater, dance, sound, and video. Mayhorn is a Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Fellow and has exhibited at museums and galleries including The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Rush Arts, Five Myles, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and The University Museum at Texas Southern University in Houston among others. She has participated in residencies at Yaddo, Socrates Sculpture Park, Atlantic Center for the Arts, HERE, University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and Sculpture Space.
This exhibition is kindly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.