Hales is delighted to announce LJ Roberts' solo show, Carry You With Me: 10 Years of Portraits, opens on 27 April 2022 at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, California.
Carry You With Me is the result of a long-term, ongoing project by LJ Roberts, consisting of 26 six-by-four-inch embroidered portraits of the artist's friends, collaborators, and lovers within New York's queer and trans communities. An artist perhaps best known for large-scale, collaged, textile works, Roberts spends up to one year stitching each portrait within the series, taking inspiration from both photographs and memory. As much a tribute to the subjects as they are to the public and private places that provide safe spaces for vital exchange, the images hone in on meticulously stitched details-from the letters that make up Zoe Leonard's critically important I want a president mural along the High Line, to the book covers and refrigerator magnets that distinguish a person's home.
Roberts also regards the backs of each embroidery-abstract networks of colorful threads layered atop one another, created entirely by happenstance-as integral to the works as the front images themselves. The artist considers the series as a way of dismantling the heteronormative tendencies of portraiture, and also of subverting conventional ideas of representation and abstraction by making each dependent on the other.
Carry You With Me: 10 Years of Portraits
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
328 Lomita Dr
27 April - 27 November 2022