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Kahlil Robert Irving: Mixed Messages

March 14 - May 2

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Mixed Messages

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Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to present Mixed Messages (Streets & Screens) AOL + Lottery, Kahlil Robert Irving’s first solo presentation in San Francisco. This exhibition revels in all the different media Irving employs within his practice, from the digital space of technology and social media to the use of materials to represent aspects of the built world around us. The artist hails from Saint Louis, Missouri in the post-industrial Midwest; the region’s landscape informs elements of the Mixed Messages (Streets & Screens) AOL + Lottery installation.

Mixed Messages (Streets & Screens) AOL + Lottery takes place under a digitally rendered sky that reflects on the ground that we walk, the fences that blur the understanding of place, and the opportunities for agency in the here and the now. Oscillating between the digital and works constructed out of physical materials, Irving is constantly negotiating materials and processes within a practice that seeks to question inherited systems and meditate on the possibilities of anew.

Reflective of Irving’s interest in diverse media, this exhibition includes small and large works on paper, digital prints, a light box, small ceramic sculptures, a wallpaper edition, and flags made for the occasion of this exhibition. “Mixed messages” playfully gestures toward Irving’s diverse studio pursuits as well as the mixed messages we receive from interactions with and through digital spaces: Twitter, major news sources, memes, fake news, misunderstandings when texting to communicate, and so on.


March 14, 2020
May 2, 2020
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Jenkins Johnson Gallery
464 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 United States