Close Look: Sedrick Chisom at Ada Gallery in Richmond, VA

Sedrick Chisom, The discombobulating of three Alt-rightland reconnaissance men on thin ice, several hours before the wrath of Medusa, 2017; Oil, acrylic, and spray paint on canvas, 86 1/2 by 87 1/2 in.
Sedrick Chisom, The arrival of the Last Confederate Failson amidst the glacial shores of Monument Valley several hours before the Wrath of Medusa, 2017; acrylic, spray paint, and airbrush on paper mounted to strips of canvas, 84 by 87 1/2 in.

Twenty years after People of Color gave up on wypipo and left the planet to explore the cosmos, the enigmatic genetic disease revitiligo expresses itself amongst every yt on earth, imperiling whiteness. With no known cure, the remaining terrestrial nations of North America face unprecedented national turmoil as wypipo begin to develop dark skin pigmentation. President Maura Gardener of the Coastal Union of Civic States and President Ronald Tiller of the Confederate Disaffiliation of States concurrently declare a state of emergency for the countries they lead. A combined forces military operation between the Confederate Disaffiliation of States and the Coastal Union of Civic States is launched to search for Aryanness in Other Places.

— From the exhibition text accompanying Sedrick Chisom’s “The Ghost of White Presidents Yet to Come”

Sedrick Chisom, The Northern lights of the savage south and the final expansion of the white; 2018, acrylic, spray paint, and airbrush on paper mounted to strips of canvas, 64 by 87 in.
Sedrick Chisom, The Intoxication of Guilt, 2017; oil, acrylic, and spray paint on tiled sheets of paper glued to canvas, 86 by 66 in.
Sedrick Chisom, Monstrous Festivities on the Eve of Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Eternity, 2018; acrylic, spray paint, and airbrush on paper mounted to canvas, 59 by 60 in.
Sedrick Chisom, Monsters were searching for monstrous people but all they found were unicorns, 2017; acrylic and spraypaint on paper, 62 by 58 1/4 in.
Sedrick Chisom, Medusa’s Petrification of a Confederate hero, 2018; oil, acrylic, and spraypaint on tiled sheets of paper glued to canvas, 65 by 59 in.
Sedrick Chisom, …In The Cave Where You Put Your Monsters To Death, 2018; oil, acrylic, and spray paint on canvas, 58 by 44 1/2 in.
Sedrick Chisom, Portrait of John Rufus Blocker, a Shook General of The Short-lived Alt-rightland, 2018.
Sedrick Chisom, Make it Home to Your land of Harmony, make it home to your land of purity, 2018; oil, acrylic, and spray paint on canvas, 65 by 60 in.
Installation view of Sedrick Chisom’s exhibition “The Ghost of White Presidents Yet to Come” at Ada Gallery.

Sedrick Chisom’s solo exhibition “The Ghost of White Presidents Yet to Come” is on view at Ada Gallery in Richmond, VA, through January 27.

Sedrick Chisom (b. 1989) was born in Philadelphia and received a full scholarship to study at Cooper Union. Fascinated with thermal imagery and preoccupied by Christian iconography, Chisom conjures images that are both warm and chilling, akin to a pietà surveilled by a U.S. Army drone. Much of his work examines the ways in which Whiteness and Christianity have colonized the lives and sublimated the suffering of People of Color. After completing his BFA, he received his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. His work has been displayed at numerous group shows, including at JTT Gallery, Signal Gallery, and Abrons Art Center.

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