Sunday, January 31, 2021

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK -- Pittsburgh’s Shikeith

Installation detail of Shikeith's "Feeling the Spirit in the Dark," at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. Photo by Tom Little. Courtesy of the Mattress Factory
"I know my expiration date," she said. And we also know where Mom Britton's growing pancreatic cancer is leading, yet we mask it with our desire to keep her here. We are blindfolded, and that's why last week's review in of Shikeith's "Feeling the Spirit in the Dark" stood-out. While his Black gay identity is central to his photography and film, so is the defining question for all Christians: "Do I believe?" Today's Black Jesus work, inspired by John 20:27, is now at Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory, and that makes Shikeith, our collectors tip of the week.
Shikeith is a multidisciplinary visual artist and filmmaker from Philadelphia. Image courtesy of Black Enterprise
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“Autoeroticisim” , 2020, single-channel video projection, blue led light, water. Installation view of “Feeling the Spirit in the Dark,” at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. Photo by Tom Little. Courtesy of the Mattress Factory.
Shikeith, Feeling the Spirit in the Dark, 2021, installation view. Courtesy: The artist and Mattress Factory Museum.
A Missed Prayer (2016)
“O' my body, make of me always a man who questions!” 2020, Shikeith. Archival Inkjet Print. Courtesy of the artist.