OCHI is pleased to present Headcanon, a solo presentation by Los Angeles-based artist Rakeem Cunningham. The exhibition will be on view from May 5 through June 11, 2022 at the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) project space, located on the second floor of 75 East Broadway in New York.
Headcanon features 10 new multidimensional and maximalist collage works that use the coded visuals of niche subcultures to navigate the artist’s personal struggles and frustrations with mental illness. A devout enthusiast of fantasy, anime, videogames, and manga, Cunningham assembles stills and excerpts from this diverse array of media in rhythmic expressions of the human condition that simultaneously convey aspects of his own queer, black, and neurodivergent experiences. By drawing upon the emotionally charged lexicon visible in the expanded world of Japanese animation, Cunningham creates works that affectively simulate the qualities of obsessive-compulsive disorder through form and content. Instinctively layering figure upon figure, collage becomes a therapeutic release and a somatic healing practice—one element of Cunningham’s mental healthcare practice that helps to create stability.
75 East Broadway, New York, NY