AMH is pleased to announce Victor G. Jeffreys II in STIFF COTTON, curated by Anne Huntington at 150 Eleventh Avenue (nr 21st st) in Chelsea, NYC.
This is Victor G. Jeffreys II’s first solo show, one conceived over time with methodical precision. The works are self-portraits silkscreened on cotton cloth and stretched on wood or hung on a nail. The process is direct: pull a dirty t-shirt from the hamper, use and throw back into said hamper to be cleaned by the local laundry mat, repeat. Victor is practical, he does not aim to save toilet paper; he aims to make art out of the ordinary, sell the works and pay the rent.
Victor re-appropriates, performs and repurposes everyday materials to produce this series of paintings and sculptures. Make of it what you want: A painting? A sculpture? A rag? A t-shirt? A performance piece?
The works harken to Duchamp’s ready-mades, Warhol’s silkscreens, Manzoni’s Merda d’artista and Yves Klein’s Anthropometries. Victor has connected the broken and disconnected relationship between artist and art. Sourcing everyday t-shirts and using himself, the artist marries the physical act of making art in material and imagery, with the actual work. Victor has turned an intimate act into a public display in STIFF COTTON.
Victor G. Jeffreys II (b. 1982, North Carolina) is undefinable, but here it goes: he graduated with a BA from Duke University in 2004. He was selected by the Kaiser Family Foundation as a Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar in 2004 and assigned to write health policy legislation in the 109th Congress (Sheila Jackson-Lee, TX-D). He co-founded the social innovation think-tank alldaybuffet in 2006. He was the Bursar at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, he co-launched The Wyvern Funds, a long-short bio-technology/medical devices hedge fund. In 2011, he completed his tenure at Montage Finance, a specialty finance group that generates loans using fine art as collateral. His works and films have been exhibited at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Christie’s, Phillips de Pury, Movie House, 3rd Ward and in the New Fest Film Festival. Currently, his work is showing in the 2012 group show, CLEAN UP at the Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Anne Huntington is an independent curator and advisor based in New York: www.amhindustries.com
STIFF COTTON will be on view from August 21 to 26 from 10am to 6pm. Works range from $450 to $2,500. All inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org