Performance

Shavesharp. 1978
Shavesharp. 1978

RodForce and the Anti-Formalist Reclamation Organization (A.F.R.O.) drafts the National Gallery's East Wing triangle to be used as a plane on which he shaves his face.

Come Again. 2010 - 2011
Come Again. 2010 - 2011

Sherman Fleming performs the second installment of Coming Soon, on the streets of Philadelphia. This three-part performance is part of an ongoing series, BLACK PHALLACY. Fleming uses this performance as a way to dramatize feelings of vulnerability he feels as he navigates public spaces.

Something Akin To Living. 1983
Something Akin To Living. 1983

Sherman Fleming becomes increasingly immobilized as an accumulated array of wood rods wedge his body between twin columns.

UN/SUB: de jacht op zwarte piet. 1995
UN/SUB: de jacht op zwarte piet. 1995

De Jacht op Zwarte Piet unpacks the role of the so-called moor(ish) assistant Zwarte Piet (Black Peter) to St. Nicolaas, the Dutch patron saint of children who visits them during Sinterklaas. Fleming buries himself in a pit of cinnamon and sugar which coats his body and, upon emerging, is licked off. In this action Fleming merges Zwarte Piet, the formation that surrounds the eating of a traditional confection, taai taai in order to expose Dutch traditions of the consumption of the Black body.

FAULT: Axis for Light. 1986
FAULT: Axis for Light. 1986

Fleming is laced into a pair of boots which are suspended from the ceiling. Upside down he walks on his hands in a circular motion until he gathers enough momentum to swing his body in ever increasing loops.

Underground Structures. 1989
Underground Structures. 1989

Underground Structures seeks to capture uniquely male gestures. Fleming handles select objects he employs to evoke themes of fertility, regeneration, entropy and dissolution.

Haint.2012
Haint.2012

Haint is a southern vernacular term meaning ghost. The action and subsequent series of drawings attempt to erase the word NIGGER by using the process of drawing and withdrawing.

Equestrian and other stories.  1987
Equestrian and other stories. 1987

Fleming repurposes common objects to deepen his monologue about childhood remembrances and recurring dreams in segregated Maryland

Pretending To Be Rock. 1993 - 2019
Pretending To Be Rock. 1993 - 2019

Sherman Fleming, Haig Paul have collaborated for over 25 years. Here, they collaborate with dancer Josephine Nicholson in Pretending To Be Rock. Fleming, on hands and knees, endures wax from some 200 candles raining down on his body, all the while, Ms. Nicholson hovers above him in a waterfall. The performance duration is two hours. The action, performed at District of Columbia Art Center, is captured by videographer Linda Lewett.