In Clifford Prince King’s Communion, the nuance of communion as practice and as gesture unveils itself in a crafted display of habitual belonging.
Communion is seen as the gentle placement of beings in embrace. Soft moments of refuge and uninhibited intimacy. A hand held in the car, a hand resting on the waist, a hand curved around the nape of a neck. In communion there is an unspoken protection.
Layered within the images are nods to the beyond. Shared offerings to the past manifest in codes hidden in plain sight, known only to those who sit within a shared place of knowledge. A poster hanging in the foreground, wigs on a dresser, small stacks of books with their spines just visible; a collection of items that signify here blackness resides. In these instances, communion begins to morph into an offering of memory; it is how King honors the soft and layered physicality of time.
Clifford Prince King
Exhibition Dates: September 14th – October 12th, 2019
Opening Reception: September 14th, 2019 from 7pm – 10pm
New Image Art
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046