JPW3 at Martos Gallery

Artist: JPW3

Exhibition title: Figure Ascending a Return

Venue: Martos Gallery, New York, US

Date: August 17 – September 9, 2017

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Martos Gallery, New York

Serena Williams’ body has been a topic of conversation in the professional sports world, and popular culture, for as long as she’s been in the public eye. Sometimes revered, and sometimes degraded by sexist and racist ideas of beauty; blasted rather than applauded for being strong. Why can a black woman be criticized for being or looking “too strong”?

For his presentation entitled Figure Ascending a Return, JPW3 will exhibit a new version of his Serena Williams hologram entitled Serena Hologram xl, 2017. This 14- foot-tall Serena plays tennis in the middle of the gallery – slowed down just enough so you can appreciate her form. A custom-made wall of ribbons coupled with a two-sided projection creates stroboscopic-like motion, while a chopped and screwed version of Chedda da Connect’s 2015 anthem “Flicka Da Wrist” plays in the background.

The figure rises and sends a powerful return.

There will also be a pop-up tennis shop in the gallery selling custom-printed and embroidered clothing, featuring Ms. Williams. A link to the shop can be found on our website: martosgallery.com.

Proceeds from these sales will be donated to Assata’s Daughters: assatasdaughters.org.

JPW3, Figure Ascending a Return, 2017, exhibition view, Martos Gallery, New York

JPW3, Figure Ascending a Return, 2017, exhibition view, Martos Gallery, New York

JPW3, Figure Ascending a Return, 2017, exhibition view, Martos Gallery, New York

JPW3, Figure Ascending a Return, 2017, exhibition view, Martos Gallery, New York

JPW3, Figure Ascending a Return, 2017, exhibition view, Martos Gallery, New York

JPW3, Figure Ascending a Return, 2017, exhibition view, Martos Gallery, New York

JPW3, Serena Hologram xl, 2017, hologram installation, Dimensions variable

JPW3, Serena Hologram xl, 2017, hologram installation, Dimensions variable

JPW3, Serena Hologram xl, 2017, hologram installation, Dimensions variable

JPW3, Serena Hologram xl, 2017, hologram installation, Dimensions variable

JPW3, Pink Grunt, 2017, hoodie

JPW3, Pink Grunt, 2017, hoodie

JPW3, Pink Grunt, 2017, sweat pants

JPW3, Pink Grunt, 2017, sweat pants

JPW3, The Vogue Tank, 2017, tank top

JPW3, The Vogue Tank, 2017, tank top

JPW3, Pink Ball Ball Shorts, 2017, shorts

JPW3, Pink Ball Ball Shorts, 2017, shorts

JPW3, Figure Ascendant, 2017, t-shirt

JPW3, Figure Focused, 2017, t-shirt

JPW3, Figure Warm Up, 2017, tights

JPW3, Figure Smiling, 2017, skirt

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