LJ Roberts | Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits (2021)
Video (6:15): Artist talk with LJ Roberts.
“On the occasion of LJ Robert’s exhibition and publication “Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits,” (Pioneer Works 2021) the publisher joins the artist in their Brooklyn studio “for a look into the process behind their long-term, ongoing project: 26 six-by-four-inch embroidered portraits of friends, collaborators, and lovers within New York City’s queer and trans communities. As much a tribute to the subjects as they are to the public and private places that provide safe spaces for vital exchange, these embroideries illustrate how politics, culture, and identity manifest in both visible and subtle ways through encounters in daily life.”
LJ Roberts: Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits
by Sur Rodney (Sur), LJ Roberts, et al.
9 x 12 in.
Pioneer Works, September 2021
LJ Roberts is an artist working in installation, textiles, collage, and text. Their practice addresses queer and trans politics, material deviance, alternative kinship structures, archives, and narrative. Based in Brooklyn, the artist has exhibited work at institutions such as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, The 8th Floor, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Spring/Break Art Show, La Mama Galleria, and Anthology Film Archives. Roberts is a 2021 Socrates Sculpture Park Artist Fellow, and has been an artist-in-residence at IASPIS, Ox-Bow School of Art, Queenslab, Textile Arts Center, Pioneer Works, and MacDowell. They were one of nine recipients of The White House Champions of Change Award for LGBTQI+ artists in 2015, and received the Women’s Caucus for Art President’s Award for Art and Activism in 2019. – Pioneer Works
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