Black & White Gallery / Project Space

56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Black & White Project Space is very excited to present “I Think, Therefore I Shop” by the
Russian-American conceptual outsider artist Henry Khudyakov (1930-2019).

Our presentation will offer a glimpse into Henry’s mysterious world where the barriers between art and life have been broken down and his life-as-art exercise is Duchampian in the extreme. It will feature his intricate and visionary “softwearables” from the artist’s personal line of fantasy fashions which he transformed into a series of unique and precious art objects encoded with cultural messages, including vests, jackets, sneakers, shopping bags, etc. in hyped-up colors.

Henry called himself a “non-conformist poet turned visual artist”. He never completely abandoned the written word though. Over the course of decades, he has documented his every artistic move on the artworks’ back sides and worked and re-worked some of the pieces over long periods of time, sometimes as much as thirty years. The results are glamorous in their dissonance and jarring in their syncopation.

Artists have long been intrigued by the aesthetic aspects of how we look at, savor and acquire the temptations and rewards our material world has to offer. As John Bowlt writes in his recent essay, “A major stimulus to Khudyakov’s colored vestments and fabrics was the nocturnal skyline of New York City which he saw, flabbergasted, from the top of the Empire State Building shortly after immigration (1974), which is to say that his luminous jackets, neck-ties, pants, and banners may be read as vertical transmissions of the horizontal Manhattan cityscape at night -- as well as homages to the T-shirt and the shopping-bag”.

Henry Khudyakov
El Galahad
1984-2013, Mixed media on clothing items, H72 in.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
From Shopping Bag Series
1978-98, Watercolor and color pencil on paper, 14 x 8.5 in.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
From Shopping Bag Series
1978-98, Watercolor and color pencil on paper, 14 x 8.5 in.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
From Shopping Bag Series
1978-98, Watercolor and color pencil on paper, 14 x 8.5 in.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
Sneakers
1999-2003, Fluorescent paint on artist’s sneakers.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
Twins
1993, Mixed media on boots and cans.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
New York Jewelry Exchange
1978-98, Mixed media on paper, 23 x 28 in.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
Tie Shirt
1978-98, Mixed media on paper, 23 x 28 in.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
Stationary One
1991-96, Collage on board, 40 x 60 in.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ
Henry Khudyakov
The Jacket
1980-2008, Mixed media on artist’s jacket, size 42L.
Image courtesy of The Emerging Arts Foundation, NJ