Devan Shimoyama's barber shop installation
Serlachius Museum Gösta 23 March — 18 August 2024
US artist Devan Shimoyama (b. 1989) explores themes of sexuality, race and gender in his carnivalesque works. He refects on queer identity, appending to it references from mythology and art history.
In terms of technique, the works are playful: the artist combines in his paintings different materials, such as glitter, fabric and rhinestones, and also creates monumental installations. The works are highly personal and have an intense emotional charge.
Making his Nordic debut, Shimoyama brings to Serlachius his installation, which has been highly acclaimed in the USA. Fade Cut presents us with an imaginary barber shop where different people are invited to express themselves freely. The exhibition is curated by Laura Kuurne and Pauli Sivonen.
Image of the artwork: Devan Shimoyama, Stay Still, 2023, oil paint, colored pencil, vinyl, rhinestones, a detail of the artwork. Photograph: Kavi Gupta