New Projects by Meredith James, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Casey Tang

Meredith James, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Casey Tang make work that sheds light on personal and cultural forces—perception, record-keeping, vernacular belief—that drive the formation of individual and collective narratives.

Working in video, sculpture, and theater, Meredith James explores mechanisms of perception and the fallibility of observation. Elaborately crafted and playfully executed, her work reveals surprising and disorienting dimensions of the way we see the world around us. Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an artist-archivist who works in the space between visual and literary arts to explore how we construct narratives around our personal and social histories. She creates archive-like installations that visually map conversations between texts, ephemera, personal memorabilia, and photography. Casey Tang freely engages diverse disciplines including ecology and musicology in his exploration of socio-cultural narratives within and outside of Western worldviews. Through geographic and historic investigation of human experiences and material cultures, Tang re-contextualizes cultural systems in his multi-disciplinary practice that includes video, sound, and graphics and sculptural installation.

As the first recipients of the Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, these New York-based artists have spent the past year working closely with curators and other staff members to optimize opportunities to expand their practice with the Museum serving as a catalytic agent.  They were selected by a panel that included Naomi Beckwith (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Herb Tam (Curator, Museum of Chinese in America, New York), and Hitomi Iwasaki (Director of Exhibitions, Queens Museum, New York).

Catalyst: New Projects by Meredith James, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Casey Tang is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists in New York City, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Additional funding is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks to Steinway & Sons for their generosity.

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Meredith James, detail from Mobius City, 2015, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed, installation detail from No Instructions for Assembly, Activation VII, 2015, dimensions variable, found photographs, xerox copied texts, self-authored texts, inkjet prints, woodblock prints, monoprints, newspaper clippings, vintage magazines, vintage books, fabric (felt, faux leather, vinyl, mesh, linen), embroidery thread, stockings, glass, human hair, various papers, black grocery bags, birch wood panels, and black frames. Courtesy the artist.

Still from Casey Tang, Untitled (Rivers), 2015, single channel video,  8’ 12”, looped. Courtesy of the artist.