Kendrick Daye is a multimedia artist and designer currently living in Harlem, NY. His personal identity, a Black queer man, stands as the pre-eminent public place of judgment that informs his work. His diverse approach to making art includes art direction, bespoke design, music, and most notably, collage — in both digital and analog.
In the current climate where Black queer antagonism, transphobia, and homophobia are a constant and a very real threat, it is paramount for Kendrick to create work that imagines a future where Black queer life is prosperous, thriving, and valued. Through his art, Kendrick explores questions like, “What does it mean for Black queer people to have a future?” and “What does that look like?”
As imaginative as Kendrick can be visually, he is a realist and has no grand illusions that art will spark a revolution — not at least anything in a tangible sense. Kendrick has, however, been a witness — firstly for himself but also for others — to the profound changes art can have on an individual's perception, mood, and life. There is a void of work that accomplishes this, and that centers Black queer life. Kendrick creates work because his mission is to see images that laud, legislate and promulgate on behalf of a Black queer utopia, by adding art to the narrative of black queer media and defines beauty on his own terms. These images see roses through Baldwin-colored sunglasses, as pastiches – whole in and of themselves, but even more so, in the context of one another. Images of everything in one place, in distorted focus, for no other reason than for you to see it. To learn more about Kendrick, please visit kendrickdaye.com and check him out on social media by following @kendrickdaye on Instagram and Twitter.
"What It Feels Like" is an immersive pop-up art gallery showcasing emerging Black Artists. The show highlights the joys and sorrows of what it feels like to be an artist; to be seen; to feel unheard; or to be an Artist of color in the art world today.
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