At Sunday, Steve Turner Los Angeles will present a solo booth of new weavings by Diedrick Brackens which incorporate techniques drawn from European tapestries, West African weavings and Southern quilts. As an African American from a small town in Texas, Brackens makes works that conflate his personal history with broader ones that relate to race and gender. He utilizes symbols to approach histories and issues that are often overlooked and he uses the soft and domestic form of textiles to get viewers look more closely at uncomfortable truths.
Diedrick Brackens (born 1989, Mexia, Texas) received a BFA from University of North Texas (2011) and an MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts, San Francisco (2014). His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita (2017); Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); and Johansson Projects, Oakland (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Jewish Contemporary Art Museum, San Francisco (2017); Dimensions Variable, Miami (2017); Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2017) and Denny Gallery, New York (2017). Sunday will be Brackens’ first exhibition following his inclusion in “Made in LA,” the Hammer Museum’s biennial look at selected artists from Los Angeles. He will have a solo exhibition at Steve Turner in April 2019.