Nyugen Smith: Solo Exhibition
Nyugen Smith's solo exhibition is an interdisciplinary exploration of art and material culture compiled by the New Jersey based artist, Nyugen Smith. Embracing the role of cultural informer, Smith draws on his West Indian heritage. He is interested in raising consciousness of past and present political struggles through the themes and symbols incorporated into his painting, sculpture, installation and performance. Growing up in Trinidad, Smith was influenced by the conflation of African culture and the residue of British colonial rule encountered in his daily life. Responding to this unique cultural environment, Smith's art is a reaction to imperialist practices and ideological misnomers.
Kiki and Seton Smith: A Sense of Place
Key to this exhibition is the idea that place irrevocably impacts our sense of self. Kiki’s drawings and prints look to the natural world to understand the relationsjo[ between place and identity on a symbolic level. Seton’s large-scale photographs look to the built environment to convey associations by moving within, and navigating through, space. Contextualized in this manner, the artists explore the complex psychological and emotional terrain to be negotiated in understanding the self and the manner in which place becomes a defining characteristic of identity. The fragility of the human condition and the places we traverse in our mortal journey are the narrative impulse of this exhibition.
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