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Title:I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before: Bakpak Durden Solo Exhibition Viewing Hours
Date:11/19/2021 - 12/18/2021
Address:PLAYGROUND DETROIT, 2845 Gratiot Avenue
Location:Detroit, MI
Hours:12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost/Cover:FREE
Contact Info:313-649-7741
Details:"I Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before" is Bakpak Durden's solo exhibition explores perspective, neurodivergence and intersectional identity, opening to the public on November 13, 2021 from 6-9PM at 2845 Gratiot Avenue.

Their series of paintings examines specific experiences that we -as humans- come up against and have to power through in order to maintain the “normalcy” of life. Each painting is Durden’s way of creating a meticulously archival recording of those moments. In doing so, the work validates each occurrence, giving each instance equal value in the cycle; whether it be emotions such as love, joy, or pain and despair.

Bakpak’s oil paintings capture and amplify precise moments in time ingrained with a tension that reflects that of their own emotional experiences: the moment of reckoning upon acknowledging the return of a depressive phase; the moment in which one loses control and sees no opportunity to redirect. Additionally, their photography practice deeply informs their paintings by documenting subjects transitioning from one emotional state of being to another, suspending moments in time with clarity.

Their artwork visually represents these themes through metaphor, analogy, and the juxtaposition of hyper-realistic imagery and geometries that disturb the continuity of the scene and break the plane, inviting the viewer to contemplate their own positioning relative to Durden’s personal narratives. Through heightened contrast and the intentional use (or absence) of color, each image they ultimately compose is charged with the weight of that same tension: the subject exposed, hanging in the balance of a fleeting moment.

Durden’s work revolves around their lived experience, one that is shaped by race, gender, mental and physical health. As a painter, muralist, illustrator and photographer, they express complex emotions and elements of their identity that escape definition by any other means. Thematically, their works often examine the cyclical nature of depression and recovery, our propensity to forget and relive the depths of that cycle, and the futility of attempts to rationally dissect them. Their hyper-realistic compositions often feature figures whose gender is intentionally complicated or obscured to reflect their own reality as a trans artist and challenge the social oppressions perpetuated by the gender binary.
Bakpak Durden (they/them), born and raised in Detroit, is a self-taught interdisciplinary fine artist. Pulling from various figurative art techniques, Durden employs a wide range of mediums—oil and acrylic paint, graphite and fine art photography —to construct their hyperrealistic and conceptual works of art.Durden’s artworks illuminate the complexity and precarity of human emotion and identity by meticulously examining their own.
Bakpak has most recently exhibited work with Playground Detroit in Detroit, Michigan as well as Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Durden just completed a breathtaking mural for the inaugural BLKOUT Walls mural festival in Detroit and a vanitas style influenced mural in St Petersburg, FL for the SHINE mural festival. They were a recent contributor to the GUCCI VS. EVERYBODY campaign, in collaboration with the Vs Everybody brand and Gucci in conjunction with Gucci Changemakers at the start of 2021. They are a 2021 Gilda Award recipient along with the Playground Detroit 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship and the Modern Ancient Brown Foundation Grant.

Bakpak is focused on continuing their work within their communities, highlighting black trans and queer visibility in addition to mental health, neurodiversity and disability advocacy/representation as a Detroiter in its robust art scene. Their artwork is currently featured on Artsy and will be exhibited at SCOPE Miami 2021. Durden's solo exhibition, "I Feel Like I've Been Here Before" will present a new series of oil paintings, opening to the public on November 13, 2021.

Please note the gallery located at 2845 Gratiot Avenue is ADA compliant.
Event is:Every Thu, Fri, Sat
Audience:All Welcome
Category:Exhibit
Submitted by:contributed
 
 
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