Christopher Blay’s Inaugural Show, Featuring Works by David-Jeremiah, Opens at HMAAC

by Jessica Fuentes June 22, 2022

The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) recently announced the upcoming exhibition David-Jeremiah: Early Career Survey, which is the first show curated by the organization’s new Chief Curator, Christopher Blay.

Mr. Blay (who was previously the News Editor for Glasstire) joined HMAAC in September 2021. Prior to moving to Houston in 2019, he worked as an independent curator and arts writer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. David-Jeremiah is an emerging artist based in Dallas who has mounted nine solo exhibitions over the last four years. His solo exhibitions have included shows at galleries in Texas, New York, and Washington D.C. This exhibition will feature work by the artist spanning 2019 to 2022. 

A photograph of a large mixed-media work on a circular panel by David-Jeremiah. The work uses rope to create designs and is covered in yellow enamel paint.

David-Jeremiah, “I Drive Thee,” 2021, oil based enamel, manila rope, mixed media on panel, 59 and 5/8 inch diameter. On loan from Tammy Cotton Hartnett.

In a press release announcing the upcoming exhibition, Mr. Blay stated, “I have followed David-Jeremiah’s work since before the beginning of his studio practice, when he was a performance artist. It is from the same visceral force and urgency that his paintings and sculptures are born. Thoughtful, instinctive, and absorbing of the entire light spectrum of the human experience to break down, if conceptually, what it sometimes means to be Black in America.”

A vertical mixed-media work on a wooden panel by David-Jeremiah. The artwork uses rope and plastic to create shapes and patterns and is mostly covered in white enamel paint. Though simplified, the design seems to reference a KKK hooded figure with a cross.

David-Jeremiah, “ Hamborghini Rally (white; ’91 Andrós),” 2021, enamel, mixed media, manila rope, plastic, on wood panel. On loan from Todd Von Ammon.

Of his own artistic practice, David-Jeremiah has said, “It was during my ‘Staycation’ (the artist spent four years in prison) that I became a conceptual artist, because the physical was very limited, and the material was very limited, so I had to internalize and flesh out concepts. When I came out, I had composition notebooks full of bodies of work, and that’s why I have been able to execute the work versus experimenting and contemplating.”

David-Jeremiah: Early Career Survey will be on view at HMAAC from July 8 through September 10, 2022.

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