Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX) creates woven tapestries that explore allegory and narrative through the artist’s autobiography, broader themes of African American and queer identity, as well as American history. Brackens employs techniques from West African weaving, quilting from the American South, and European tapestry-making to create both abstract and figurative works. Often depicting moments of male tenderness, Brackens culls from African and African American literature, poetry, and folklore as source. Beginning his process through the hand-dying of cotton, a material he deliberately uses in acknowledgement of its brutal history, Brackens’ oeuvre presents rich, nuanced visions of African American life and identity, while also alluding to the complicated histories of labor and migration. Jack Shainman Gallery is proud to represent Brackens in collaboration with Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA / Seoul, KR.
Brackens lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BFA from University of North Texas, Denton, TX and an MFA in textiles from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Most recently, his work was on view in a solo exhibition at the New Museum, New York, NY. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS, the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, and Sewanee University Art Gallery, TN. Recent group exhibitions include Made in LA 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Jewish Contemporary Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; and Dimensions Variable, Miami, FL. Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo presentation at Jack Shainman Gallery in the Spring of 2020. Brackens is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. He is also the 2018 recipient of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize and the 2019 recipient of the Marciano Artadia Award.