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SHIKEITH

FOTOFEST 2022

September 24 – November 5, 2022

 

FOTOFEST 2022 | REICHEK & SHIKEITH

FOTOFEST 2022 | SHIKEITH -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room
FOTOFEST 2022 | SHIKEITH -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Anthem, 2021

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

McClain Gallery is excited to announce our first solo exhibition with multi-disciplinary artist Shikeith (b. 1989, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). This show, part of our two presentations for FotoFest 2022, includes recent photographs and small-scale sculptures and marks the premiere of three new prints.

 

Shikeith’s work, conceptual at its core, explores the experiences of Black queer men via portraiture. The artist develops a visual vocabulary by sieving personal and cultural history. Hauntings, psychic space, intimacy, and the refusal of painful societal expectations all have seats at the table of his practice. His material choices mirror his investment in the non-corporeal: skin, sweat, clay, “haint” blue, and breath become physical manifestations and symbols for the themes Shikeith deftly navigates.


Through eerie compositions and the distillation of color, Shikeith pinpoints his interest in how the past tints our current experiences and can engender a stillness and potency. His new monograph, Notes Towards Becoming a Spill, features a collection of found photographs, an extension of the artist’s exploration of portraiture. Says Shikeith, “the found photographs [...] are part of my archive focused on establishing and critically fabulating the missing gaps within Black gay history. I select the pictures with a knowing and wonder regarding the subjects’ lives.” In Shikeith’s practice, collecting and looking at a group of portraits – establishing an archive – is a paramount act in restoring agency to a body oppressed. Revisiting the past, critically, is folded into the practice of hauntology.

 

FOTOFEST 2022 | SHIKEITH -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

For the artist, grace is burdened by the past: like a spirit, it can be imperceptible but everywhere. Shikeith’s photographs indicate as much: They are cloaked in chiaroscuro, tainted with the shadows of history that continue to haunt the now.

- Zoë Hopkins in Art Forum

FOTOFEST 2022 | SHIKEITH -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Visiting Hours, 2022

archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper

image: 49 x 60 inches

frame: 49 15/16 x 60 7/8 inches

Edition 4 of 5

Shikeith’s photographs and sculptures evoke such presences and resurrections through familiar iconography. The classical recline of Visiting Hours, 2022 deliberately recalls a resurrection scene. A figure sheathed in a white bedsheet wraps itself around a sleeping person and, like the childhood game of dressing up as a ghost, the cloaked figure appears as a specter from the past. The hazy, gray tone of expired film imbues the image with sensitive intimacy. The sleeping person is ‘visited,’ as it were, by a gentle ghost, one who holds and caresses him. The image was made during a time of grief and satisfies a deep longing for closeness. 

 

Shikeith focuses on a malleable, free state of being that he aspires to for himself and his subjects. Three blown glass sculptures make use of the artist’s breath, a gesture that illustrates his approach to his role as a maker, much like the intimacy with his sitters. Through the repetition of specific shapes throughout his oeuvre – the glass balloon, the ceramic deathmask-like object, the use of the color blue – Shikeith emphasizes moments that have a fleeting existence but such a heavy psychic one: breath, expiration, lightness, illusion, imagination.  

 

We are grateful to Yossi Milo Gallery for their collaboration on this exhibition, and Shikeith's generosity and kindness through this process.

WORKS IN EXHIBITION

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Shikeith  The Adoration (never knew love like this before), 2020 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches Edition 4 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

The Adoration (never knew love like this before), 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 4 of 5

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Shikeith  Haint Blue Balloon, 2021 glass, breath, promise 12 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Shikeith

Haint Blue Balloon, 2021

glass, breath, promise

12 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

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Shikeith  Brandon (holding clay), 2020 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Brandon (holding clay), 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

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Shikeith  Flawda Water, 2021  archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches  frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches  Edition 5 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Flawda Water, 2021

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 5 of 5

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Shikeith  Hunter, 2019  two archival inkjet prints on Canson Infinity Platine  left element: 37 x 30 inches  right element: 24 x 16 inches  overall, framed: 37 3/4 x 47 3/8 inches  Edition 5 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Hunter, 2019

two archival inkjet prints on Canson Infinity Platine

left element: 37 x 30 inches

right element: 24 x 16 inches

overall, framed: 37 3/4 x 47 3/8 inches

Edition 5 of 5

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Shikeith  the smoke made the night blue/ I have walked in the rain, 2020 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine image: 36 3/4 x 27 5/8 inches frame: 37 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches Edition 2 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

the smoke made the night blue/ I have walked in the rain, 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

image: 36 3/4 x 27 5/8 inches

frame: 37 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches

Edition 2 of 5

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Shikeith  Bryan, 2021–2022  archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches  frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches  Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Bryan, 2021–2022

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

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Shikeith  The Remnant of A Revision, (The Blues), 2019/2021 glazed ceramic and haint blue paint [black glazing] 5 x 7 x 5 1/2 inches signed and dated in ink

Shikeith

The Remnant of A Revision, (The Blues), 2019/2021

glazed ceramic and haint blue paint [black glazing]

5 x 7 x 5 1/2 inches

signed and dated in ink

Inquire
Shikeith  O' my body, make of me always a man who questions!, 2020 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  image: 49 x 60 inches paper: 50 x 61 inches frame: 50 7/8 x 61 7/8 inches

Shikeith

O' my body, make of me always a man who questions!, 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

image: 49 x 60 inches

paper: 50 x 61 inches

frame: 50 7/8 x 61 7/8 inches

NFS

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Shikeith  Undreamed, VI., 2020 glass, breath, dreams 12 1/2 x 7 x 7 inches

Shikeith

Undreamed, VI., 2020

glass, breath, dreams

12 1/2 x 7 x 7 inches

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Shikeith  Manny (In Possession), 2020  archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches  frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches  Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Manny (In Possession), 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

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Shikeith  Anthem, 2021 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Anthem, 2021

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

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Shikeith  don’t weep, don’t you mourn, 2022 archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper paper: 50 x 33 inches frame: 50 7/8 x 34 inches Edition 3 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

don’t weep, don’t you mourn, 2022

archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper

paper: 50 x 33 inches

frame: 50 7/8 x 34 inches

Edition 3 of 5

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Shikeith  Black Balloon, III., 2021 glass, breath, ecstasy 11 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Shikeith

Black Balloon, III., 2021

glass, breath, ecstasy

11 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

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Shikeith  Visiting Hours, 2022 archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper image: 49 x 60 inches frame: 49 15/16 x 60 7/8 inches Edition 4 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Visiting Hours, 2022

archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper

image: 49 x 60 inches

frame: 49 15/16 x 60 7/8 inches

Edition 4 of 5

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Shikeith  Jesus Pieces, 2021 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine paper: 34 x 30 inches frame: 34 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Jesus Pieces, 2021

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 34 x 30 inches

frame: 34 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

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Shikeith  The Adoration (never knew love like this before), 2020 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches Edition 4 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

The Adoration (never knew love like this before), 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 4 of 5

Shikeith  Haint Blue Balloon, 2021 glass, breath, promise 12 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Shikeith

Haint Blue Balloon, 2021

glass, breath, promise

12 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Shikeith  Brandon (holding clay), 2020 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Brandon (holding clay), 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

Shikeith  Flawda Water, 2021  archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches  frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches  Edition 5 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Flawda Water, 2021

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 5 of 5

Shikeith  Hunter, 2019  two archival inkjet prints on Canson Infinity Platine  left element: 37 x 30 inches  right element: 24 x 16 inches  overall, framed: 37 3/4 x 47 3/8 inches  Edition 5 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Hunter, 2019

two archival inkjet prints on Canson Infinity Platine

left element: 37 x 30 inches

right element: 24 x 16 inches

overall, framed: 37 3/4 x 47 3/8 inches

Edition 5 of 5

Shikeith  the smoke made the night blue/ I have walked in the rain, 2020 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine image: 36 3/4 x 27 5/8 inches frame: 37 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches Edition 2 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

the smoke made the night blue/ I have walked in the rain, 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

image: 36 3/4 x 27 5/8 inches

frame: 37 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches

Edition 2 of 5

Shikeith  Bryan, 2021–2022  archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches  frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches  Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Bryan, 2021–2022

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

Shikeith  The Remnant of A Revision, (The Blues), 2019/2021 glazed ceramic and haint blue paint [black glazing] 5 x 7 x 5 1/2 inches signed and dated in ink

Shikeith

The Remnant of A Revision, (The Blues), 2019/2021

glazed ceramic and haint blue paint [black glazing]

5 x 7 x 5 1/2 inches

signed and dated in ink

Shikeith  O' my body, make of me always a man who questions!, 2020 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  image: 49 x 60 inches paper: 50 x 61 inches frame: 50 7/8 x 61 7/8 inches

Shikeith

O' my body, make of me always a man who questions!, 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

image: 49 x 60 inches

paper: 50 x 61 inches

frame: 50 7/8 x 61 7/8 inches

NFS

Shikeith  Undreamed, VI., 2020 glass, breath, dreams 12 1/2 x 7 x 7 inches

Shikeith

Undreamed, VI., 2020

glass, breath, dreams

12 1/2 x 7 x 7 inches

Shikeith  Manny (In Possession), 2020  archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches  frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches  Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Manny (In Possession), 2020

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

Shikeith  Anthem, 2021 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine  paper: 36 x 30 inches frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Anthem, 2021

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 36 x 30 inches

frame: 36 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

Shikeith  don’t weep, don’t you mourn, 2022 archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper paper: 50 x 33 inches frame: 50 7/8 x 34 inches Edition 3 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

don’t weep, don’t you mourn, 2022

archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper

paper: 50 x 33 inches

frame: 50 7/8 x 34 inches

Edition 3 of 5

Shikeith  Black Balloon, III., 2021 glass, breath, ecstasy 11 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Shikeith

Black Balloon, III., 2021

glass, breath, ecstasy

11 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Shikeith  Visiting Hours, 2022 archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper image: 49 x 60 inches frame: 49 15/16 x 60 7/8 inches Edition 4 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Visiting Hours, 2022

archival inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper

image: 49 x 60 inches

frame: 49 15/16 x 60 7/8 inches

Edition 4 of 5

Shikeith  Jesus Pieces, 2021 archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine paper: 34 x 30 inches frame: 34 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches Edition 1 of 5, with 2 APs

Shikeith

Jesus Pieces, 2021

archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity Platine

paper: 34 x 30 inches

frame: 34 7/8 x 30 7/8 inches

Edition 1 of 5

BIOGRAPHY

Shikeith (b. 1989 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Sculpture from The Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, after earning his BA in Integrative Arts from The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania. His work has recently been featured in institutional solo exhibitions, including at the Alexander Brest Museum & Gallery, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida; Locust Projects, Miami, Florida; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia; and The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work is in the permanent collection of The Hammer Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California and the Wroclaw Museum, Wroclaw, Poland. In 2019, Shikeith received a Painters & Sculptors Grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation. He was awarded the 2020 Art Matters Foundation Grant and was selected for the 2020 – 2021 Leslie Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, and Aperture. Aperture has also recently published the artist’s first monograph, Notes Towards Becoming a Spill. Shikeith is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, New York.

ABOUT FOTOFEST

FotoFest is a Houston-based contemporary arts organization dedicated to advancing photography and visual culture through the presentation of exhibitions, public programs, and publications. In addition to the organization’s year-round programming, FotoFest organizes a city-wide biennial project in the form of large-scale central exhibitions, curated lectures, performances, a symposium, and film programs. Fotofest has been in operation since 1983. For the fourth time, McClain Gallery is a participating space in FotoFest biennial. Our presentation features two exhibitions: Shikeith and Elaine Reichek | Archival Correspondents. They run September 24 – November 5, 2022.