Punishable by Law at Godine Gallery

Featuring work by Shaka Dendy and Noriyoshi NeedlePUNISHABLE BY LAW is an exhibition that confronts the criminalization of marginalization and the collective generation of possibility.

PUNISHABLE BY LAW is on view from February 3-15, 2020
Please join us for the RECEPTION on Saturday, February 8thfrom 7-9pm for food, an artist panel discussion, and Shaka Dendy’s birthday celebration. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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More about the exhibition:

Dendy and Needle confront the criminalization of marginalized communities and the collective generation of possibility in work across installation, sculpture, video, digital and printed media. Probing the historical and contemporary significance of plastic crates, raw cotton stalks, police batons, traffic cones, and other objects via their recontextualization, the work addresses toxic biases towards race, class, and age spearheaded by hegemonic powers. Dendy and Needle wield their dual positions as interdisciplinary artists and community organizers to speculate futures through unforgettable art experiences. Additionally, the exhibition extends into room N181 featuring a series of works by Needle.


Shaka Dendy is a conceptual artist working to explore and complicate Blackness by recontextualizing Black experiences and aesthetics in an art-historical framework. His interdisciplinary practice includes sculpture, performance, installation, video, and music, and makes use of conceptual art, minimalism, arte povera, and the avant-garde in order to critique and confront norms—all with unmistakable humor and wit.
Dendy is a founding member of the Boston-based industrial rap band "Camp Blood," and received his MFA from Emerson College. He lives and works in Boston.

Noriyoshi Needle is an interdisciplinary artist and community organizer working across sculpture, video, installation, publication, and digital multimedia to articulate the intersections of play, direct action, education, and youth liberation. They are a current student in the Studio for Interrelated Media program at MassArt.

Saturday, February 15

Godine Family Gallery, N180

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