On the occasion of Tschabalala Self: Cotton Mouth, an exhibition of new works at Eva Presenhuber, we are pleased to release a vinyl recording of Self's first audio piece of the same title. Cotton Mouth, the record, is housed in a specially designed sleeve featuring two new drawings by the artist on either side. The record is an open edition.
This audio piece will be playing throughout the exhibition at 39 Great Jones St. New York, NY. The show will be on view from November 6 to December 19, 2020.
"YOU EVER HEARD?"
Sasha Bonét, a writer, critic, and educator living in New York City, wrote a short text in response to Cotton Mouth, the audio piece.
Eva Presenhuber is delighted to present Cotton Mouth, an exhibition of new works by the American artist Tschabalala Self. Cotton Mouth is Self’s debut solo exhibition with Eva Presenhuber and features paintings, drawings, sculpture, and an audio piece.
In process and presentation, Tschabalala Self’s work explores the agency involved in myth creation and the psychological and emotional effects of projected fantasy. Self has sustained a practice wholly concerned with Black life and embodiment, with an intended audience from within that same community. In a flurry of stitches, Self assembles fully formed characters who, individually and situationally, hold power over their self-presentation and external perception. A power frequently denied to Black American people in their daily lives.
The work is political because it's politicized; politicized bodies are featured in the work. I'm a political person because if I wasn't a political person, that would affect my safety and my well-being in the country. But that's not why I'm making the work. I'm making the work to leave a document of my experience, leave a document of the experience of people who are like me.