Portraits (Sept. 29, 2015)
“According to African philosophy, the head is the seat of consciousness and memory, and our lives on earth are guided by its disposition.” -Ekpuk
Portraits, a series of paintings and fine drawings rooted in African philosophies and aesthetics, is borne from Ekpuk’s interest and continuous exploration of consciousness and the enigmatic nature of the human condition.Through meditative mark making, a visual language that developed from his re-imagining of Nsibidi ideographic and pictographic script, Ekpuk’s abstract portraiture explores the notion of the essence of self.
Live drawing performance
Moving beyond the traditional canvas and employing a visual stream of consciousness, Ekpuk will further transform the gallery into a metaphysical space through a live drawing performance. Through his ephemeral drawing performance, audiences will have the rare opportunity to share in Ekpuk's intimate ritual of mark-making on the opening night.