London, U.K. - b.Dewitt presents Gray Wielebinski’s exhibition “Shaved in Opposite Directions” b.Dewitt is a new responsive, itinerant project working alongside and in conversation with artists whose practice engages with social and political considerations.
American artist Gray Wielebinski’s “Shaved in Opposite Directions” utilises sports, specifically baseball, by appropriating its iconographies to interrogate themes such as national identity and “Americana,” desire, myth making, childhood, fashion, gender and the body. Simultaneously combining and blurring the lines between reality, memory, dreams, queer utopias and media representations, the exhibition questions how the framework of the locker room occupies our cultural imaginations.
For this exhibition, b.Dewitt has commissioned Wielebinski to create site specific artworks. The works reflect the artist’s positionality as they explore their own experience with gender as well as their relationship to their own body and socialization by using a variety of strategies to explore identity; specifically ambivalent relationships to masculinity. Wielebinski will also interrogate what it means to create, archive, and experience an artistic practice as one’s gendered present and future is undetermined.
The exhibition is accompanied by events selected for Peripheries: Art Licks Weekend 2018. On 4th October “Locker Room Talk: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Sports with artist Rosa Johan Uddoh” and 6th October “To Be a Fan: A Night of Film Screenings” explore identity through sports and its narratives. b.Dewitt have also collaborated with Primary an artist-lead space in Nottingham, to present an iteration of Shaved in Opposite Directions from October 9-13, 2018.
Gray Wielebinski is works between London and Los Angeles in collage, video, performance, sound, sculpture, and installation. Their work explores Gender and Sexuality and how these intersect with structures of power and identity. They completed an MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2018. Gray is inspired by glitches, male bonding, queer temporality, podcasts, quantum mechanics, Jennifer Lopez’ Green Versace Dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards, conspiracy theories, clowning, and Surrealism.
b.Dewitt acts as a gallery, agency and curatorial project to support the practices of artists working with social and political questions. b.Dewitt are cultural producer Ashleigh Barice and curator Teresa Cisneros.