Poems and Texts

“Point of Departure (Auction Block)” by Torkwase Dyson


Point of Departure (Auction Block)
38 X 48 inches
Wood, plexi, graphite, acrylic

Anthony Burns, Gouache on paper, 4 x 7 in, 2016

Torkwase Dyson

Though working through multiples forms Torkwase Dyson describes herself as a painter who uses distilled geometric abstraction to generate an idiosyncratic language that is diagrammatic and expressive. The works are deconstructions of natural and built environments that consider how individuals negotiate and negate various types of systems and systemic order. Dyson’s work has been exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, Kravets Wehby, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Dyson has been awarded the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Visiting Artist grant to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center Fellowship, and the FSP/Jerome Fellowship. Dyson’s work has also been supported by the, Drawing Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, The Laundromat Projects, the Green Festival of New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and the Rebuild Foundation. In 2016 Dyson was elected to the board of the Architecture League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. Torkwase is now based in Brooklyn, New York and is a visiting critic at Yale School of Art.

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