Quaters, 2022. house paint on drop cloth.
(New Orleans, LA, February 27, 2023) The U.N.O. Gallery is excited to present Bianca Walker’s MFA thesis exhibition titled Props. Through painting and animation, Walker invites visitors to participate in a celebration of Black labor. Their research-based practice involves selecting historical photographs of the Black diaspora from public digital archives, then re-envisioning these images through viscerally dripping house paint on ripped drop cloth to present contemporary portraits of Black labor. Walker encourages viewers to recognize these laborers for their humanity and skills instead of their exploitation.
The exhibition will be open to the public March 12 through April 1, 2023. The opening reception will take place on March 11, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. During the opening, the artist will demonstrate their painting practice and welcome visitors to ask questions. The artist will also be present, physically working in the space and available for questions during gallery hours for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibition is open during gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Bianca Walker currently lives in New Orleans, earning an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in May 2023. Walker has exhibited their work at venues including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans African American Museum, Spillman Blackwell Gallery, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, LA; Band of Vices and Thinkspace Projects in Los Angeles, CA. Walker’s work has been featured in solo shows in New Orleans at Antenna and the Front, and—concurrently with Props at U.N.O. Gallery—at the Galleria T293 in Rome, Italy.
For more information regarding the exhibition or to schedule a private viewing, please email the artist at email@example.com.
Chopper, 2022. Stop motion loop.
Cook, 2022. stop motion loop.