Press Release


CRG Gallery is pleased to announce our next exhibition will be new work by New York artist, Cathleen Lewis. For her second solo exhibition with CRG Gallery the artist will present three recent works including “Signifyin (g)”, an installation of black and white photographs with text, “Signifyin (g) Monkey”, a series of fifteen ink drawings with text, and “Change the joke and slip the yoke”, a sculpture installation. The images in the photographic series, “Signifyin (g)”, are of different arrangements of nine patterned blocks once commonly used for intelligence testing. The various texts are quotes from writers such as Louis Gates, Jr., Claudia Mitchell-Kernan and James Baldwin. The discussion centers itself around language, specifically Standard English and Black vernacular and the perception of intelligence as it relates to the usage of language forms. The images and narrative in “Signifyin (g) Monkey” relate to black folklore of the same name. Use and misunderstanding of language is at the core of the interchange among the animal characters depicted in the drawings and dire consequences arise from confusion over literal and figurative interpretations. In “Change the joke and slip the yoke” the blocks represented in the photographs take on size and three dimensionality to form a sculpture installation in the main gallery. There will be a reception for the artist Thursday, November 18, 6 – 8 PM. Visual material is available upon request. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 6 PM For further information please contact: Carla Chammas, Richard Desroche or Glenn McMillan Next Exhibition: Architecture and Memory – January 2000