Presence, Takes Courage for a Body to Get Down There, 2020. Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 96 x 80 inches.
Extraction, Takes Courage for a Body to Get Down There, 2020. Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 96 x 80 inches.
Liquidity, Takes Courage for a Body to Get Down There, 2020. Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 96 x 80 inches.
Joni Lee Blackman, 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 inches, each, 84 x 144 inches, diptych.
In The Ways of Belonging, I Measure Darker, (Environmental Liberation), 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 72 inches.
Raymond (Water Table), 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 144 inches, diptych.
Down-down, 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 72 inches.
Up South 5 (Water Table), 2018. Acrylic on canvas, 60 inch diameter.
Torkwase Dyson (born Chicago) received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999 and MFA from Yale School of Art in painting/printmaking in 2003. Working in multiple mediums, Dyson describes herself as a painter whose forms address the continuity of ecology, infrastructure, and architecture. She merges ideas such as site and built environments, nature and culture under the rubric of environmentalism. Fascinated with transformations, ambiguities and environmental changes that place these subjects in relationship to each other, her work revolves around investigating our connections to imagination, materiality, geography and belonging.
Solo exhibitions of Dyson's work have been presented at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia University GSAPP, New York; the Houghton Gallery at Cooper Union, New York; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago; Bennington College VAPA Usdan Gallery, Vermont; Colby College Museum of Art, Franconia Sculpture Park, Maine; Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, and Davidson Contemporary, New York. Group exhibitions include Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC; Between the Waters at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary at the California African American Museum, as well as the 2019 Sharjah Biennial. Dyson is a recipient of the Anonymous Was A Woman Award, the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, The Lunder Institute of American Art Fellowship, Spelman College Art Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Council grant, Yale University Barry Cohen Scholarship, the Yale University Paul Harper Residency at Vermont Studio Center, Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, FSP/Jerome Fellowship and Yaddo. Dyson’s work has also been supported by the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, The Laundromat Project, the Green Festival of New York, Obsidian Arts and Public funds of the City of Minneapolis, Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and Dorchester Projects in Chicago. Torkwase Dyson lives and works in Harlem and Newburgh, New York and is a critic at the Yale School of Art.
ARTFORUM contributor Erica Rawles interpretes Torkwase Dyson's intricately layered and richly textured paintings through the lens of the Plantationocene, alligning her material choices whitin the space of her canvases with the experiences of Black Americans navigating the inequal and oppressive infrastructures of American cities. "Dyson’s melds of overwhelmingly precise delineations with fluid grounds, sometimes punctuated by arrow-like forms, seem to be encrypted guides to a way out of the boundless tumbling problems of the Plantationocene," Rawles closes her review, "Or maybe her work merely reminds us of the possibility that such a path might exist."
Pace Gallery has initiated a weekly broadcast series on Instagram to offer some respite during quarantine. "Listening and thoughtful reflection is one answer to the sometimes contradictory chatter and noise of the day. To speak out loud, to listen, and to ask questions of our current times is to be alive and present. This is also one of the roles of art and artists, to create visionary futures and voice our common goals. This series is on hand to ask the questions that keep us awake at night, but also attempt to answer them, delivering live broadcasts and curious, engaged, and informed thinking from our house to yours." Tune in today, April 3 at 5 PM EDT @pacegallery for a conversation between Torkwase Dyson and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Torkwase Dyson named the Spring 2019 Robert Gwathmey Chair at The Cooper Union.
Solo exhibition of works by artist Torkwase Dyson opens October 4th at Colby Museum of Art, Maine.
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts reveals the five creative professionals inaugurating its fellowship program.
Torkwase Dyson writes about ways to center black subjectivity through artistic abstraction.