Victor Ekpuk: Marks and Objects
From May 30 to June 22, 2019, Aicon Gallery, New York will present Marks and Objects, an exhibition of recent work by leading contemporary Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk.
This exhibition features three bodies of work; a series of new paintings on canvas; new series of sculptures in steel; and a suite of recent and earlier drawings. In this exhibition, Ekpuk is particularly interested in the esthetic of his marks as objects, excavating his own marks while imagining them as sculptures. The lines on the paintings are molded into impasto reliefs and the free standing sculptures are extensions of these lines. His first ever 6 feet steel sculpture will also be on view as an installation piece.
Ekpuk’s art, which began as an exploration of nsibidi “traditional” graphics and writing systems in Nigeria, has evolved to embrace a wider spectrum of meaning that is rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses.
Guided by the aesthetic philosophy nsibidi, where sign systems are used to convey ideas, he re-imagines graphic symbols from diverse cultures to form a personal style of mark making that results in the interplay of art and writing. “The subject matter of my work deals with the human condition explained through themes that are both universal and specific: family, gender, politics, culture and Identity”.
August 23, 2019