Oct 29th 2021

WEBINAR LINK: https://saic-edu.zoom.us/j/86508733067

What is the work we make for ourselves and for each other? Artists Ato Ribeiro & Conrad Egyir have been in a conversation with each other since meeting as students at Cranbrook Academy of Art’s MFA program. Their practice is in dialogue through their ancestral visual traditions and interdisciplinary art making methods. Over the summer they presented a two-person exhibition Every Time I Try To Get a Peace of Mind in Chicago with new works rooted in new possibility and mediation on the creative process. Join us via Zoom on Friday October 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm CST as Ato Ribeiro and Conrad Egyir speak about their practice.

Conrad Egyir creates bold, bright, and graphic narrative paintings laden with references ranging from pop art, contemporary American culture, political propaganda, biblical parables, and Ashanti iconography. Using friends and acquaintances as his models, Egyir carefully builds uncanny compositions that oscillate between contemporary and timeless; his paintings are figurative and representational yet also spiritual and surreal.

Ato Ribeiro meticulously pieces together wood fragments into richly variegated wall assemblages filled with complex, allover geometric forms. Using only the natural variation of woods, from light ash to dark ebony, Ato’s patterns pull from visual codes found in West African strip woven cloths and quilting traditions of the American South, but they elude strict narrative.

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