Jonathan Lyndon Chase
b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.; lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.
Jonathan Lyndon Chase's wide-ranging practice includes traditional collage, digital images, drawing, photography, poetry, archiving, research, figurative paintings, as well as installation and video that depict intimacy and transparency between bodies. Their works explore and embrace the Black queer experience of love, sexuality, subjectivity and identity. Both tender and visceral, their works conjure emotionally charged scenes, ranging from states of poignance and vulnerability to those of elation and pleasure. A profound depth of the capacity for intimacy and pleasure in both public and private spaces comes to the fore, and this highlights an inquiry that remains central to their practice across an array of diverse media. Chase notes artists Romare Bearden, Alison Saar, Marlon Riggs, Robert Colescott, Alice Neel, and Kerry James Marshall as key inspirations as well as culture and fashion from the 1980s and 1990s, Afrofuturism, and science-fiction in relationship to Black and queer narratives.
Jonathan Lyndon Chase's recent exhibitions include Now I’m home, lips that know my name., Sadie Coles HQ, London (2023); The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2023); FOG, Company Gallery, New York (2022); Fire Figure Fantasy, ICA Miami, Miami, (2022); WHAT DO YOU SEE, YOU PEOPLE, GAZING AT ME, Sadie Coles, London (2021); New Grit: Art & Philly Now, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2021); Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash, Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia (2020); Tell Me Your Story, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, (2020); Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Pond Society, Shanghai, (2019); Forsight/Insight: Reflecting on the Museum’s Collection, Nerman Museum, Overland Park (2019); Quiet Storm, Company Gallery, New York (2018); Sweet and Hard, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York (2016); and Rosebud, Lord Ludd, Philadelphia (2016).
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