Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack: Where the Hood At: A Conceptual Performance Assemblage

2276 East 16th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Feb 18, 12 PM - 12 PM — ends Mar 03, 2021
Night Gallery is pleased to present Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack’s Where the Hood At: A Conceptual Performance Assemblage on GalleryPlatform LA (galleryplatform.la/#night-gallery) as well as our online viewing room (www.nightgallery.ca/viewing-room/daniel-t-gaitor-lomack). These online presentations document Gaitor-Lomack's performance of the same name at Night Gallery in Summer 2020. Gaitor-Lomack is a Los Angeles-based sculptor and performance artist whose work has been included in our group exhibitions Grey Garden and MAJEURE FORCE.

Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack’s work contemplates the social and spiritual codes inscribed into everyday objects. The idea of reincarnation animates his approach to the traditions of the readymade and the assemblage, as objects are reclaimed, reinterpreted, and given new life. While his readymade sculptures destabilize artifacts of the everyday, Gaitor-Lomack’s objects are not wholly ridded of their social associations. Instead, abstracted from their conventional uses, he opens his sculptures up to new contexts for communal engagement. His performances put these sculptures into practice, activating the works’ imaginative potential while revealing a great and mystical interconnectedness of artist and audience.

Where the Hood At: A Conceptual Performance Assemblage was presented at Night Gallery on August 29, 2020. The performance was concurrent with MAJEURE FORCE, Night Gallery’s ten-year anniversary exhibition, which included Gaitor-Lomack’s sculpture “Where the Hood At,” 2020. The sculpture, which consists of two parts, is made up of entirely found objects: a rusted pole lodged into a block of concrete; two beer cans fused together; a tennis ball; and a sweatshirt nailed to the wall, its hood cut off. These objects evoke not only human activity but the human body, speaking to our understanding of material goods as extensions of ourselves. The last of these is an explicit homage to, and inversion of, David Hammons’ seminal 1993 work “In the Hood.” Of this lineage Gaitor-Lomack writes,

“Where the Hood At” is an elevated metaphorical response to David Hammons’s “In The Hood” artwork. It continues the conversation. Rather than the average reference, it builds an experiential equation. A stream of street philosophy that’s taboo and revered to the surface level mind frame. If you are like me, then you look for the hood in everything you do. The hood is in my heart like the memory of a sacred ground. It’s far from concrete. It’s a question and an answer to the commercial platform and broad misplacement of Black/Brown geography and essence, which tends to lack the many nuances that are deeply rooted in the prophetic natures of the Black/Brown communities.

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Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack (b. Neptune, NJ, 1988) opened his first solo exhibition at Alyssa Davis Gallery, New York, NY in January 2021, and will present a solo exhibition at Lyles & King, New York, NY, in March 2021. In addition to Night Gallery, Gaitor-Lomack's work has been included in group exhibitions at BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA; ltd, Los Angeles, CA; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Transmission, Glasgow, Scotland; and the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA. Gaitor-Lomack is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant and the NXTHVN Fellowship. He lives and works between Los Angeles, CA and New Haven, CT.

Above: Where the Hood At: A Conceptual Performance Assemblage, live performance at Night Gallery, August 2020.