“Key Change” exhibition at the Weinberg Newton Gallery, 2022.





REST. 30 x 25 in. Artist proof. Luster paper on gatorboard.

Rooms that extend beyond themselves, upwards and outwards as a welcome.

Including elements from John H. White, Family at 12th Street Beach,
August 1973; Ebony Magazine, (Regina King re-creating an Eartha Kitt
cover), 2010; Jet Magazine (Dorothy Dandridge cover), 1955; Richard
Nickel, Henry Hobson Richardson’s Glessner House, 1800 S Prairie
Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, designed or built 1885–86.





On Collage. Booth #435 EXPO Chicago 2022. Weinberg Newton Gallery. 





“Up from the Past: Housing as Reparations on Chicago’s South Side” at the Graham Foundation Madlener House as part of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Available City. Photo courtsey of Nathan Keay.





Photo courtsey of Nathan Keay.





Photo courtsey of Nathan Keay.





Photo courtsey of David Travis.





Photo courtsey of David Travis.





Photo courtsey of David Travis.





Left: PERCH. Middle: REST. Right: PLAN. Photo courtesy of Nathan Keay.





Left: POSE. Middle: SPILL. Right: STUDY. Photo courtesy of Nathan Keay.





Left: REST. 15.2 x 12 x 1⁄2 in.  ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Rooms that extend beyond themselves, upwards and outwards as a welcome.

Including elements from John H. White, Family at 12th Street Beach,
August 1973; Ebony Magazine, (Regina King re-creating an Eartha Kitt
cover), 2010; Jet Magazine (Dorothy Dandridge cover), 1955; Richard
Nickel, Henry Hobson Richardson’s Glessner House, 1800 S Prairie
Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, designed or built 1885–86.


Right: PLAN. 12 x 12 x 1⁄2 in. ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Spaces to be strategic with your family and friends, where you can
discuss how to navigate the world in private. Elizabeth Alexander’s
explains that “The living room is where we see black imagination made
visual, a private space that inevitably reverberates against the garish
public images usually out of our control.”


Including elements from Mickalene Thomas, Landscape Majestic,
2010; Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Something Split and New, 2013 and
Thread, 2012; Richard Nickel, Louis H. Sullivan’s Henry Babson
Residence, 230 N. Longcommon Road, Riverside, Illinois, designed or
built ca. 1908–09, demolished 1960; Photographer unknown, Grandma
Ida on Martha’s Vineyard, date unknown; Paul Strauss, Daniel with
bicycle, date unknown.





PERCH. 12 x 15.6 x 1⁄2 in. ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Comfortable places to perch and watch the world go by. This was
made with the question in mind, “what does defensible space mean to
Black children?”

Including elements from Bisa Butler, The Tea, 2017, Four Little Girls,
September 15, 1963, 2018, and Mannish Boy, 2018; Kerry James
Marshall, 7am Sunday Morning, 2003; Richard Nickel, Louis H.
Sullivan’s Henry Babson Residence, 230 N. Longcommon Road,
Riverside, Illinois, designed or built ca. 1908–09, demolished 1960;
Richard Nickel, Crombie Taylor’s Grant Place Apartments, 550 W.
Grant Place, Chicago, Illinois, designed or built 1961, demolished 2007.





MIRROR.  12 x 15.1 x 1⁄2 in.  ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Gallery spaces within the home, so that your heroes and your loved
ones surround you. bell hooks explains that growing up, “the walls of
black homes worked as sites of resistance. Walls worked as private,
black-owned and -operated gallery space where images could be
displayed, shown to friends and strangers.”

Including elements from Nick Cave, Architectural Forest, 2011;
Mickalene Thomas, Lounging, Standing, Looking, 2012 and Clarivel
#6, 2019; Lorna Simpson, Earth & Sky #30, 2016; Sadie Barnette, The
New Eagle Creek Saloon, 2019; Romare Bearden, Jazz II Deluxe,
1980; Deborah Roberts, Let Them Be Children, 2018; Norman
Rockwell, The Problem We All Live With, 1964; Richard Nickel, Frank
Lloyd Wright’s James Charnley Residence, 1365 N Astor Street,
Chicago, Illinois, designed or built 1891–92.





NEST. 12 x 12.7 x 1⁄2 in. ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Soft spaces filled with light.

Including elements from Jordan Casteel, Serwaa and Amoakohene,
2019; Ebony G Patterson, ...to dig between the cuts, beneath the
leaves, below the soil..., 2019; Richard Nickel, Adler & Sullivan’s Selz,
Morris, Residence, 1717 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois,
designed or built 1883, demolished 1967.





GAZE. 12 x 15 x 1⁄2 in.  ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Quiet reflective spaces for gazing. I made this image with the question
in mind, “where do you have the talk with your children?”

Including elements from Howardena Pindell, Untitled #51, 2010; Lorna
Simpson, Earth & Sky, #30, 2016; Richard Nickel, Frank Lloyd Wright’s
Avery Coonley Residence, 300 Scottswood Road, Riverside, Illinois,
designed or built 1907.





STUDY.  15.2 x 12 x 1⁄2 in.  ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Places for study and the passing of knowledge.


Including elements from Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2008; Theaster Gates,
Ground Rules, 2015 and Stony Island Arts Bank, designed or built
2015; Ebony G. Patterson, ...buried again to carry on growing..., 2015;
Richard Nickel, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Charnley Residence, 1365 N.
Astor Street, Chicago, Illinois, designed or built 1891–92.





Left: VOID.  15.2 x 12 x 1⁄2 in.  ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Details that carry the stories of those that opened doors for you.


Including elements from Mark Bradford, Helter Skelter I, 2007; Richard
Nickel, Adler & Sullivan’s Martin Barbe Residence, 3157 S. Prairie
Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, designed or built 1884, demolished 1963;
Richard Nickel, Louis H. Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott and Company
Store, 1 S. State Street, designed or built 1899–1903.

Right: PORTAL. 12 x 15.1 x 1⁄2 in. ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Thresholds that transport you.

Including elements from Kehinde Wiley, Barack Hussein Obama, born
4 Aug 1961, 2018; Nick Cave, Tondo, 2018; Richard Nickel, Adler &
Sullivan’s Samuel Stern Residence, Adler & Sullivan, 2963 S. Prairie
Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, designed or built 1885, demolished 1959;
Russell Lee, Adler & Sullivan’s Anshe Ma'ariv Synagogue (Pilgrim
Baptist Church), 3301 S. Indiana Avenue, designed or built 1890–91.





Left: POSE. 12 x 15.4 x 1⁄2 in. ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Moments in the home to pose, stunt, vogue, and to prepare to look
fabulous. I didn’t understand why my mother never left the house
without fabulous red lipstick until I read Tressie McMillan Cottom’s
book, “Thick.”

Including elements from Mickalene Thomas, Interior: Striped Foyer,
2011; Richard Nickel, Adler & Sullivan’s Morris Selz Residence, 1717
S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, designed or built 1883,
demolished 1967; Selfies, Isabel, 2019 and Marlies, 2017.

Right: SPILL.  12 x 12 x 1⁄2 in.  ChromaLuxe Aluminum photo panel, MDF.

Opportunities to spill out of the house and still be under your
grandma’s eye. For this image I thought about Maya Angelou uttering
her first words after she decided to speak under the porch. And how
important safety, security, privacy, and fresh air are in a home.

Including elements from Kerry James Marshall, School of Beauty,
School of Culture, 2012; Mark Bradford, The World is Flat, 2007;
Richard Nickel, Adler & Sullivan’s Cottage and Outbuildings, 100
Holcomb Boulevard, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, designed or built
1890, destroyed 2005; Richard Nickel, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lake Park
Project House, 4575 S. Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, designed
or built 1891–92, demolished 1970.