Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY.
July 6 – July 22, 2013
Eric Firestone Gallery is pleased to announce, Dark Star, an exhibition of new works by Sanford Biggers. A body of Biggers’ work has reflected on the journey of the American slave traveling the Underground Railroad through the deconstruction and repurposing of old quilts. It is rumored that quilts were used to communicate information about how to escape to free states. Dark Star is a continuation of this ongoing series, pairing the quilt drawings with new works such as sculptures and cloud-shaped light boxes. This new collection plays with the fluid boundaries between craft and fine art, improvisation and logic, defacement and embellishment, and academia and oral history. Biggers’ use of ancient sacred geometry, manipulated contemporary symbols and invented iconography tests the limits of signs—sometimes finding transcendence within the most shameful marks of our past.