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CSULB Fibers Professor Deidrick Brackens and Photography Lecturer Alison O’Daniel both in Made in LA exhibition at the Hammer Museum

Posted on July 10, 2018 by School of Art

diedrick brackens bitter hammerCSULB Fibers Professor Deidrick Brackens and Photography lecturer Alison O’Daniel both are in the exhibition Made in LA 2018 at the Hammer Museum. In this exhibition, Brackens uses calculated woven algorithms that stem from the cultural histories of African, American, and European textiles to generate his intricate tapestries, seeking to highlight the complexities of African-American identity while also focusing on the loom and its significance to cultural production. For example, his work entitled bitter attendance, down jubilee is based on a real-life event that took place during a Juneteenth celebration on a lake near Brackens’s hometown, before he was born. Three young black men were arrested for possession of marijuana and loaded onto a boat by the police. The boat capsized and the young men, who could not free themselves from their handcuffs, drowned. The police were brought to trial but were acquitted, and the tragic event has had a lasting effect on the community, tainting its relationship with the lake and heightening racial tensions.

alison odaniel film stillAlison O’Daniel’s The Tuba Thieves was inspired by an unlikely crime: a spate of tuba thefts from a number of high school marching bands in Los Angeles. The slowly unfolding feature-length film, which she has been shooting since 2013, is a portrait of music and silence built around events both historic and mundane.

On August 18th at 3pm both artists will take part with a tour and talk along with artist Carolina Caycedo. The Made in LA exhibition will run from June 3 until September 2, 2018.

Congratulations Professors Brackens and O’Daniels!!

 

 

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