Join us for an international panel discussion with Sheena Rose and Manyaku Mashilo, exhibiting artists featured in the exhibition Spectrum: On Color & Contemporary Art. This conversation will explore how artists in this group exhibition use color to guide our perception and will be moderated by San Francisco gallerist Jonathan Carver Moore. Spectrum brings together a multigenerational and international group of seventeen contemporary Black artists who illuminate the importance of color to both the form and content of their work.
Manyaku Mashilo is a Cape Town-based artist whose multidimensional practice encompasses mixed-media painting, drawing, and collage. Born in Limpopo in 1991, she addresses themes of spiritual identity, memory, ancestry, community and belonging. Mashilo draws on inspiration from photographic archives to build expansive scenes where imagined representatives of Blackness migrate through abstract liminal spaces. These scenes act as celestial cartographies, connecting the depicted Black figures through a felt mutuality of heritage, spirituality, shared ritual and intent. These migratory figures, forever moving between and through, are driven by an energetic pull toward a new vanguard where purpose and representation can be renegotiated.
Mashilo’s figures are drawn from family photographs, historical imagery depicting various experiences of Black lives and portraits of people from her own community. In this way, Mashilo enmeshes the contemporary and historical as a form of interdimensional mapping. Lineage and memory, both collective and personalised, conflate in this unknown world. Her vast cosmological landscapes offer a multiverse of imagined futures, weaving together place and space, charting a rich and diverse tradition of African spirituality and identity.
Sheena Rose ( b.1985) is a visual artist who works in Barbados and has exhibited in the United States at The Hole (New York, NY); Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA); Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC); De BuckGallery (Miami, FL); Connect Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Johansson Projects (Oakland, CA), and will be in a forthcoming group exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art(2024-2025). Internationally she has exhibited at the Havana Biennial (Cuba); ICF, RoyalAcademy of Arts (London, England); Berlin Biennale (Berlin, Germany); and the University of the West Indies (Barbados).
Sheena has a multi-disciplinary practice such as paintings, drawings, performance art, new media, public art, and mixed media. Public works include a two-story mural at the Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters (Washington DC) and a mural for the exhibition "The Other Side of Now" at the Perez Art Museum (Miami). Rose was also commissioned by the DSM Public Art Foundation to design seven bus shelters in the 6th Avenue Corridor (Iowa). She won the Greensboro School of Art Distinguished Alumni award in 2020, and in 2014 received a distinguished Fulbright Scholarship. In 2022, she was nominated and awarded by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley for Culture. Rose holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently lives and works in her hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados.
Jonathan Carver Moore is the founder and director of JonathanCarverMoore, a contemporary art gallery that specializes in working with emerging and established artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women. As an openly gay Black male gallerist in San Francisco, Jonathan is dedicated to advocating for the arts and is an active member in theBay Area’s creative community. He is the Development Chair at arts education non-profit,Root Division and he also serves on the advisory board at Black [Space] Residency.