Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Art & Design: Saya Woolfalk: ‘ChimaTEK: Hybridity Visualization System’

By Ken Johnson
“Untitled #7” (2015), by Saya Woolfalk. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Saya Woolfalk’s engagingly imaginative exhibition evokes the lobby for a New Age boutique. It includes paintings of psychedelic kimonos, digital animations of archetypal iconography and exotic avatars and colorful mannequin heads decorated with bones and jewelry. Like the young video artist Jacolby Satterwhite among others, Ms. Woolfalk extends the genre known as Afro-futurism, which includes the music of Sun Ra and George Clinton and science-fiction novels by Samuel R. Delany and Octavia Butler. Leslie Tonkonow 535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea Through March 7 [link]