In "Sonic Boom" (aka Threshold), his most recent installment of the Inertia Cycle, artist Jefferson Pinder initiates a spiritual journey that ends up in the very location in which it begun. This exercise in futility proves to be a rite of passage as the performance artist tests the threshold of a vintage ‘muscle car’. Accompanied by a local Brass Band, fanfare will give way as the sound of the engine echoes against the walls of a defunct historical veteran’s hospital, and spectators will be left with a meditation on tension and deliverance.
Jefferson Pinder’s work provokes commentary about race and struggle. Focusing primarily with neon, found objects, and video, Pinder investigates identity through the most dynamic circumstances and materials. From uncanny video portraits associated with popular music to durational work that puts the black body in motion, Pinder’s work examines physical conditioning that reveals an emotional response. His work has been featured in numerous group and solo shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, Showroom Mama in Rotterdam, Netherlands, The Phillips Collection, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Pinder’s work was featured in the 2016 Shanghai Biennale, and at the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2016, Pinder was awarded a United States Artist’s Joyce Fellowship Award in the field of performance and is a 2017 John S. Guggenheim Fellow.