Alake Shilling

Alake Shilling’s solo exhibition, The Hippest Trip in America – By Land, Air and Sea, runs until October 30, 2021 at Jeffrey Deitch New York. The title comes from Nelson George’s 2014 book on the prominent television show Soul Train.

The exhibition features seven paintings in the main Grand Street gallery, and seven ceramic sculptures in the Grand Street storefront. The oil paintings are textured with crumbled Styrofoam, nail polish and glitter. The sculptures and paintings reference pop culture from Shilling’s childhood and embody feelings that are often relegated as abject. Shilling questions such abjections while simultaneously revealing such pre- and overdeterminations when encountering the visual and haptic.

Best Buddies  •  2021

Best Buddies

Glazed ceramic and enamel paint
14 x 25 x 16 inches

2021  •  Photo by Genevieve Hanson. Courtesy of the artist and Jeffrey Deitch, New York

Buggy Bear on a Star Studded Beach Adventure  •  2021

Buggy Bear on a Star Studded Beach Adventure

Oil paint, glitter, sand, styrofoam balls and salt on canvas
60 x 72 x 2.5 inches

2021  •  Photo by Genevieve Hanson. Courtesy of the artist and Jeffrey Deitch, New York

Installation views, Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America - By Land, Air and Sea  •  2021

Installation views, Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America - By Land, Air and Sea

Jeffrey Deitch, New York, 2021

2021  •  Photo by Genevieve Hanson. Courtesy of the artist and Jeffrey Deitch, New York

Installation views, Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America - By Land, Air and Sea  •  2021

Installation views, Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America - By Land, Air and Sea

Jeffrey Deitch, New York, 2021

2021  •  Photo by Genevieve Hanson. Courtesy of the artist and Jeffrey Deitch, New York