Opening: June 26th, 2021
Through: July 31st, 2021
Coinciding with Chameleon, Lanise Howard’s firs solo show in Europe, Monti8 is glad to announce the birth of the new project space VISTA. VISTA is meant to be and indipendent show room run by MONTI8, close to the main gallery but with its own programme, meant to host young artists, curiatorial projects and exhibition in synergy with other galleries.
Lanise Howard’s practice focuses on spirituality censorship and assimilation as well as hidden or marginal stories expressed through a mixture of realistic and ditigital style. The core of her research, is still based on her experience as a woman of color in today’s society.
She chooses to paint black bodies in appearently sacred locations, always related with a luxurious flora, to investigate her roots. Her ancestors’ approach to nature before slavery, in fact, was buildt on a strong and deep respect for earth, sun and stars, and they actually used to worship these natural elements.
Her portraits and allegorical representations have a strong narrative structure, mainly based on contemporary climate. Paintings represent the way Howard creates a medidative space and an alternative reality. As an African American woman, she aims to re-write history, trying to change the ones who constitute the main characters of it, according to traditional canons.
The juxtaposition of digital and analogous languages are meant to highlight this process of re-writing new narrative which Howard sets in a non-defined time, between present and past. For this reason, the coexistence of pixels, or digital distortions, and realistic bodies gains a significative value, highlighting this critical rework on history.
Lanise Howard (b.1933, Southern California, US), is an African American figurative artist, currently based in Los Angeles, US. After the graduation at the Los Angeles City College, Howard achieved in 2020 the BFA from the Otis College of Arts and Design. She has been selected as an Axa Art Prize finalist, in 2019.