Friday, August 28, 2015

Afro-Ophelia on Lake Ontario






























Very Ironic, especially now. A detail from my "Tropical Night" series (2005 - ongoing) represented Trinidad in a project for the Pan Am/Parapan Games. The image “Afro-Ophelia” makes a link between the Pre-Raphaelite image of Ophelia in my Nelson Reader, the book through which formal English was conveyed to me as a child, and the front page images of the local dailies which showed the dead body of a young woman ( Beverly Jones ) who was part of a political group, called NUFF, ( the National Union of Freedom Fighters) in the 70's. I did not attempt to capture her likeness. Images of her are hard to find. I used a graphic poster like representation feeling more like a Pam Grier movie poster of that time.  I often feel that this moment, to which we have developed an astonishing blind spot, may explain something of our current social predicament. The image was also in the Trinidad Guardian, of all places, a few weeks ago and an image symbolizing her was representing Trinidad on Lake Ontario and that is not enough the project was called "Watercolour." ( image courtesy the Textile Museum of Canada )

Monday, April 06, 2015

Francoise Heitsch / Munich / Mar 19 - Apr 30.



















Videos gas men, Globe and related drawings at Francoise Heitsch, Munich until April 30, 2015.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Gas Men / Globe

Preview August 8 - August 10, 2014 - Miller Beach, Indiana













Derived from a recent series of drawings called The Arrest, and experimental collaborations, while in residence at North Western University, this video, tentatively titled Gas Men or Globe, (Globe being a popular cinema in Port of Spain), Christopher Cozier’s latest video installation investigates the ongoing environmental and sociopolitical challenges presented by oil economies. Read more here
Exhibition Partners: Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago; Northwestern University’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, the Department of Communication Studies, the Center for Global Culture and Communication, and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program at Northwestern University, Evanston; Miller Beach Arts and Creative District. Special thanks to Evan Boris, Tom Burke, Ann E. Rose.

Works from 4 projects, 2010 - 2013

February 10-24 / 2014 / Y Art Gallery.
Including drawings from "the arrest"

















See review here

Prince Claus Award ceremony at Alice Yard

Tuesday the 18th of March 2014
CHRISTOPHER COZIER: ONE NIGHT COLLABORATIONS Version 2 from Trinidad Home Studio Ltd on Vimeo. SEE PRESS here

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

the arrest, hands up, hand out...

Making of The Arrest- hands up, hand out.
Put your hand in the air and jump and jump / Dig it up and down / watch the plates shake / silicone bit head snake / Pump to the right and pump to the left / Throw the coin / five gourde toss / Departing birds / Hiding to bite, chew and swallow / Bag men eating, gas men laughing / Converse and ketch ass stepping / Laocoon and crapaud dance / watching the coin drop / Terrazzo and camouflage balls / Looking like a red dot but it’s not. - See more at: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2013/11/the-arrest-hands-up-hand-out-opening-reception-at-the-betsy-south-beach-hotel/#sthash.bkutizbw.dpuf











 Put your hand in the air and jump and jump / Dig it up and down / watch the plates shake / silicone bit head snake / Pump to the right and pump to the left / Throw the coin / five gourde toss / Departing birds / Hiding to bite, chew and swallow / Bag men eating, gas men laughing / Converse and ketch ass stepping / Laocoon and crapaud dance / watching the coin drop / Terrazzo and camouflage balls / Looking like a red dot but it’s not… 
The Arrest- hands up, hand out.
Put your hand in the air and jump and jump / Dig it up and down / watch the plates shake / silicone bit head snake / Pump to the right and pump to the left / Throw the coin / five gourde toss / Departing birds / Hiding to bite, chew and swallow / Bag men eating, gas men laughing / Converse and ketch ass stepping / Laocoon and crapaud dance / watching the coin drop / Terrazzo and camouflage balls / Looking like a red dot but it’s not. - See more at: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2013/11/the-arrest-hands-up-hand-out-opening-reception-at-the-betsy-south-beach-hotel/#sthash.Wj01Wni7.dpuf
Art Basel at The Betsy, 2013, in partnership with David Krut Projects, presents Christopher Cozier: "The Arrest: hands up, hand out"  a commissioned work in the Light Boxes of the B Bar.
This exhibit will be on view starting December 5, 2013 and will remain in place through March 30, 2014. 


Culture in Action with Naiza Khan & Christopher Cozier - Prince Claus Awards Week

Culture in Action with Naiza Khan, Christopher Cozier - Prince Claus Awards Week from De Balie on Vimeo.
READ MORE HERE