(b. 1993, St. Paul, Minnesota; lives and works in New York, New York)
A Great Day in Harlem, 2020. Acrylic and coffee on cotton canvas. Courtesy of Chase Hall Studio.
A Great Day in Harlem is a rendition of a photograph by Art Kane, made in 1958, of 57 Jazz musicians gathered in front of a brownstone on 126th Street in Harlem. I was 13 when this image served as my introduction to the humanity behind Jazz, not just the sound of humanity. The strokes of paint and coffee on cotton that I used in this work create representations that are coded in improvisation and empathy. Redefining colonial instruments and re-working their function, creating Jazz is a reminder of the malleability of sound, life and history.