On as we speak’s A Portfolio, we have a look at the brand new works by our outdated pal, Khari Turner, who introduced Strong to Gasoline in London with Ross-Sutton Gallery earlier this month. It was his first new physique of labor in over a yr, and his first presentation in London.
I paint due to my understanding of my id and historical past, recovering the air of a narrative. I think about the personifications of the magic that’s water. I exploit water from oceans, lakes, and rivers from locations which have both a historic or private connection to Black folks — water that I accumulate to combine with and pour onto my work.
My work and drawings mix abstraction with life like renderings of Black noses and lips to research the non secular and bodily report to my ancestor’s relationships with water. The common physique is made up of 60% water, the identical water in these ethereal beings that inhabit the work. All of the water on this earth is identical water that has all the time been on this earth. The information water holds is in all of us, and the conclusion that we share this water is my focus. My work is continually evolving, absorbing water and historical past as a cloth, portray to convey the tales of magnificence and chaos that comes with this existence.
The work in ’Strong to Gasoline’ is the results of a deep dive into all these parts and attempting to guage the road between water as stable to fuel interested by the water taking over an identical look and beliefs within the work. —Khari Turner