Brushstroke is a 3-color screen print by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, produced on occasion of the 2019 LA Art Book Fair. Following a similar approach to Huffman’s writing and video installation, Brushstroke sources imagery from found magazine advertisements, instructional manuals, and other archival material. The vibrating surface of this screen printed work reveals interwoven layers of obscured objects, hands performing repetitive strokes, and gestures of cleaning, painting, creating, or erasing.
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Artist and poet Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981 in Detroit, Michigan) creates work that merges the fundamental qualities of each of these mediums: image and text. Working in modes ranging from collage to video, Huffman addresses themes of visibility, race, and memory, often utilizing the narrative strategies and possibilities of language afforded by literature, underpinning the influence of the artist’s writing practice in the production of his visual art. As the artist himself has stated: “I like working with media that already exist and exploding them with poetry.” Jibade-Khalil Huffman has exhibited work at MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC, Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, ICA Philadelphia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MOCA Los Angeles, Swiss Institute, NYC, and The Jewish Museum, NYC. Huffman is the author of three books of poetry, 19 Names For Our Band (2008), James Brown Is Dead (2011), and Sleeper Hold (2015). Huffman was a 2015-16 artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.