Known for his provocative work in collage, performance, and video, Rashaad Newsome explored the possibilities of lithography and 3D printing during his summer residency at Tamarind in 2016. This project married a live performance and digital information with traditional printmaking.
To better understand this project, a little background on vogue, or voguing is in order. The video included here is from the SFMoMA presentation of the multi-media performance piece FIVE, and was used to create his first suite of lithographs at Tamarind. In an interview in 2011, Newsome talked about his goal to "aggressively place vogue in the context of the history of contemporary dance and performance art." (Five // Rashaad Newsome from Arcade44.tv) Vogue femme, a precursor to break dancing, is a highly stylized dance form consisting of five basic elements: hands, cat walk, floor performance, spin dips, and duck walking.
Newsome began his Tamarind project with an idea to expand upon the digital data he captured during one of his FIVE multi-media performances (performed as unique works at SFMoMA, ICA Boston, Miami Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans). Each performance features five choreographed sets, and the artist was able to collect the dancers' movement through his own adapted motion-tracking software.
Using this information, he translated the fierce, spiraling movements of five vogue dancers to the two-dimensional surface of the prints.
In collaboration with Tamarind Master Printer Valpuri Remling, and her team of Apprentice Printers Candice Malyn Corgan, Ash Armenta, and Thomas Cert, ten plates were created and printed using traditional lithographic methods. In keeping with his expansive, interdisciplinary method of working, Newsome brought 3D printing and collage into the project, incorporating dimensional forms in each print.
The suite includes five distinct prints representing each of the five dancers. One of the more ambitious projects produced at Tamarind, this series incorporates a complex layering of performance, ephemeral and recorded movement, traditional printing and digital technology, bringing a new vibrancy and dimensionality to the printed surface.
The prints are currently on view as part of Melange, an interdisciplinary presentation at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.
To learn more about this project, watch the July 2016 recording of Rashaad Newsome's artist talk at Tamarind Institute.
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Prints are available individually and as a complete set of five.
All prints are sold framed.