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April Bey

I Know All About What You Want to Know All About

April 6May 18, 2024

Gallery II

This image illustrates a link to the exhibition titled April Bey: I Know All About What You Want to Know All About

Press Release

Installation photo credit: Brica Wilcox

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 4 – 6 pm

Vielmetter Los Angeles is excited to present I Know All About What You Want to Know All About, April Bey’s first exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition centers on the library and librarians of “Atlantica”, the artist’s imagined alternate universe where glitter is the currency and where visitors travel via portals of flora and fauna.

Bey’s work is deeply rooted in her rigorous reading practice, her love of books and her obsession with Sci-Fi. She incorporates colorful faux fur, glitter, vinyl and woven textiles such as brocade and velvet–materials rich in queerness–to craft icons around the images of real-life figures from her community. Her work, which spans across multiple media such as printed textiles, synthography, weaving and elaborate stitching, reflects her background in printmaking and design and results in richly layered works rooted in the intersections of post-colonialism, Speculative Futurism, internet culture, and feminism.

A bona fide bibliophile and self-described “Blerd”, Bey draws inspiration from a myriad of different sources, many of them books in the fantasy, sci-fi, and futuristic realm including comics and graphic novels. These various wells of inspiration come together to form her world, Atlantica. The origin of Atlantica comes from a formative conversation with her father who used the language of sci-fi to describe the experience of otherness and racial oppression, positioning the artist as an alien on a mission to observe and report on the conditions of Earth.

In Bey’s imagined library, visitors can find archived copies of old Atlantican Magazines from the future in the reference section along with ads for Atlantica’s luxury brand Colonial Swag. They may also encounter Pineapple Afrovenuses, deities that can cut down travel time and aid in transportation at a rapid speed, leaving the traveler with pineapple scented hair and skin. Populating the library are Calathea Crotalus Cerastes, a hybrid plant which fruits the hands of Black femmes with freshly manicured nails–they too act as transportation devices that grow naturally on Atlantica. On Atlantica, librarians are the custodians of the history of the world, their job is of the utmost import and crucial to the fundamental operations of Atlantica.

As depicted in the tapestry I Know All About What You Want To Know All About (2024), they don’t look like your typical librarian and neither does their setting. Playing multifaceted roles, they are caretakers of all archives and printed matter as well as custodians of plant medicine. Roles and responsibilities on Atlantica are less binary than they are on Earth. Though, as Bey reminds us, librarians in our world do function as much more than people who maintain collections of books, they are social workers and community organizers. Atlantican librarians can morph, as can the physical space of the library, underscoring the space of Atlantica as a decolonized place where anyone can be anything they want at any time–where the rigidity and oppression of societal organization falter and room is created to exercise new ideas of being.

Join the artist for a public walkthrough of this exhibition on April 20th at 2pm.

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April Bey (b. 1987)  grew up in the Bahamas (New Providence) and now resides and works in Los Angeles as a visual artist and art educator. She is currently a tenured professor at Glendale College.

Bey’s work is currently the subject of solo exhibitions at Pasadena Community College and Glendale Community College. Her work will be exhibited in a two person show with Kim Dacres at UTA in Atlanta, GA this summer. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno NV; The Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; The California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, among others. It has been included in group exhibitions at The Modern Forth Worth, Fort Worth, TX; The Southwestern Center for Contemporary Art, NC; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland State University, Portland, OR; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas; New Orleans African American Museum, New Orleans, LA, among others. Her work is in the public collections of California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT; Escalette Collection, Chapman University, Orange, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau, The Bahamas; Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA, among others. She is represented by Tern Gallery in Nassau, Bahamas.

April Bey
“I KNOW ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ALL ABOUT,” 2024
Jacquard, sherpa, crushed velour, metallic thread, beads, adorned clothespins
80" x 240" [HxW] (203.2 x 609.6 cm)
Inventory #BEY1062
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "I KNOW ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ALL ABOUT." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 80" x 240"  [HxW] (203.2 x 609.6 cm). Its medium is Jacquard, sherpa, crushed velour, metallic thread, beads, adorned clothespins.
April Bey
“Eleuthera's Enchanting Blue Holes: Afropineapple Venus, Conceited Whales, and Magic,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel
36" x 36" x 4 ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (91.44 x 91.44 x 12.07 cm)
Inventory #BEY1063
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "Eleuthera's Enchanting Blue Holes: Afropineapple Venus, Conceited Whales, and Magic." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 36" x 36" x 4 ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (91.44 x 91.44 x 12.07 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel.
April Bey
“The Divine Venus of Eleuthera: Teal, Camel, and Speculative Futurism Among the Growers,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel
36" x 36" x 5" [HxWxD] (91.44 x 91.44 x 12.7 cm)
Inventory #BEY1067
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "The Divine Venus of Eleuthera: Teal, Camel, and Speculative Futurism Among the Growers." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 36" x 36" x 5" [HxWxD] (91.44 x 91.44 x 12.7 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel.
April Bey
“Pineapple Futurism: Speculating on the Future of Pineapple Growing,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel
48" x 36" x 4 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (121.92 x 91.44 x 11.43 cm)
Inventory #BEY1065
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "Pineapple Futurism: Speculating on the Future of Pineapple Growing." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 48" x 36" x 4 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (121.92 x 91.44 x 11.43 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel.
April Bey
“ENTER BIG GOD'S BED! Man's on His Knees Giving BIG GOD Head,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, jacquard, yarn, metallic cord on wood panel
60" x 48" x 3 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (152.4 x 121.92 x 8.89 cm)
Inventory #BEY1061
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "ENTER BIG GOD'S BED! Man's on His Knees Giving BIG GOD Head." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 60" x 48" x 3 ¹⁄₂" [HxWxD] (152.4 x 121.92 x 8.89 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, jacquard, yarn, metallic cord on wood panel.
April Bey
“Eleuthera's Speculative Futurism: Pioneering Pineapple Growers from the 8800's,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel
48" x 36" x 5 ¹⁄₄" [HxWxD] (121.92 x 91.44 x 13.34 cm)
Inventory #BEY1064
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "Eleuthera's Speculative Futurism: Pioneering Pineapple Growers from the 8800's." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 48" x 36" x 5 ¹⁄₄" [HxWxD] (121.92 x 91.44 x 13.34 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel.
April Bey
“The Teal and Camel Divine: Eleuthera Futurism - Venus and The Growers,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel
36" x 36" x 5" [HxWxD] (91.44 x 91.44 x 12.7 cm)
Inventory #BEY1068
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "The Teal and Camel Divine: Eleuthera Futurism - Venus and The Growers." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 36" x 36" x 5" [HxWxD] (91.44 x 91.44 x 12.7 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel.
April Bey
“The Pineapple Venus of Eleuthera's Magical Blue Holes,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel
36" x 36" x 5" [HxWxD] (91.44 x 91.44 x 12.7 cm)
Inventory #BEY1066
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "The Pineapple Venus of Eleuthera's Magical Blue Holes." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 36" x 36" x 5" [HxWxD] (91.44 x 91.44 x 12.7 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, cotton, metallic thread, yarn on panel.
April Bey
“COLONIAL SWAG: Repeating Your Value for Those Stupid Enough to Doubt You Over and Over like Pineapple Bullets,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, jacquard, yarn, metallic cord on wood panel
60" x 48" [HxW] (152.4 x 121.92 cm)
Inventory #BEY1060
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "COLONIAL SWAG: Repeating Your Value for Those Stupid Enough to Doubt You Over and Over like Pineapple Bullets." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 60" x 48" [HxW] (152.4 x 121.92 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, jacquard, yarn, metallic cord on wood panel.
April Bey
“COLONIAL SWAG: If We Can Do Both Why Don't We Just Do Both?!,” 2024
Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, jacquard, yarn, metallic cord on wood panel
60" x 48" x 4" [HxWxD] (152.4 x 121.92 x 10.16 cm)
Inventory #BEY1059
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "COLONIAL SWAG: If We Can Do Both Why Don't We Just Do Both?!." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 60" x 48" x 4" [HxWxD] (152.4 x 121.92 x 10.16 cm). Its medium is Canvas, resin, glitter (currency), crushed velour, jacquard, yarn, metallic cord on wood panel.
April Bey
“Calathea Crotalus Cerastes II,” 2024
Jacquard, crushed velour, glitter, resin, metallic thread on canvas
24" x 24" x 3 ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (60.96 x 60.96 x 9.53 cm)
Inventory #BEY1058
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "Calathea Crotalus Cerastes II." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 24" x 24" x 3 ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (60.96 x 60.96 x 9.53 cm). Its medium is Jacquard, crushed velour, glitter, resin, metallic thread on canvas.
April Bey
“Though They Possess the Power to Read, They do Very Little of This Life-Sustaining Task,” 2024
Woven textile, sherpa, metallic thread, glitter
85" x 57" [HxW] (215.9 x 144.78 cm)
Inventory #BEY1056
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "Though They Possess the Power to Read, They do Very Little of This Life-Sustaining Task." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 85" x 57" [HxW] (215.9 x 144.78 cm). Its medium is Woven textile, sherpa, metallic thread, glitter.
April Bey
“Calathea Crotalus Cerastes I,” 2024
Jacquard, crushed velour, glitter, resin, metallic thread, on canvas
24" x 24" x 3 ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (60.96 x 60.96 x 9.53 cm)
Inventory #BEY1057
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "Calathea Crotalus Cerastes I." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 24" x 24" x 3 ³⁄₄" [HxWxD] (60.96 x 60.96 x 9.53 cm). Its medium is Jacquard, crushed velour, glitter, resin, metallic thread, on canvas.
April Bey
“Being Yourself Will Save Your Life,” 2024
Canvas, sherpa, watercolor, acrylic paint, metallic brocade, beads
84" x 56" [HxW] (213.36 x 142.24 cm)
Inventory #BEY1055
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles
Photo credit: Jeff McLane
This image depicts an artwork by April Bey titled "Being Yourself Will Save Your Life." This artwork was created in 2024 and measures 84" x 56" [HxW] (213.36 x 142.24 cm). Its medium is Canvas, sherpa, watercolor, acrylic paint, metallic brocade, beads.

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