Solo Project #9: Nyugen E. Smith "To the Kapitol" (Everybody Come) May 7, 2011 – June 24, 2011 Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7th 7 - 11pm
Refreshments & AfterParty provided by Hell’s Kitchen Lounge
Nyugen E. Smith: "To the Kapitol" (Everybody Come)
Ak'Demic Version: My recent immersion into information about the struggle for independence from European colonizers in West Africa and the West Indies has informed the ideas and direction of this body of work. The exhibition in its entirety, captures the energy and spirit of the "Kapitol" as a place of commerce-both sanctioned and underground markets, entertainment, crime, and the place where laws benefiting the colonizers are created, upheld and enforced.
Everyday Man Version: Right now, I'm learning a lot about West Africans and West Indians fighting to get free from the European colonizers. The more I learn, the more I want to know. All of this information is affecting how I use color, what materials I use, and how I assemble each work of art. Capturing the hustle and bustle, the sounds, smells, dirt and grime, and coping strategies and the ruling iron fist of the colonizers is the ultimate aim for this exhibition.
Also on Display: Lobby Installation by Ibrahim Ahmed III, and works by Rafael Bernadin.
About Solo(s) Project House:
The Solo(s) Project House is a project space dedicated to showcasing and elevating creative individuals or groups that produce as one. It acts as “house” for artists providing unique studio space, as well as a creative atmosphere where they can interact with each other and produce art.
The space was graciously provided by Sunrise Newark Development, with the assistance of Squarefoot Reality. Currently the space is occupied by: Anthony Alvarez, Ibrahim Ahmed III, Marc D’Agusto, Katrina Bello, Derick Charles Brewer, Raphael Bernadin, John Carraby, Phil da Silva, Samer Fouad, Arlene Kaczka, Rebecca Jampol, Josh Knoblick, Kylie Lefkowitz, Linda Pace, Promote Newark Studios, Ismael Sanchez, Zellie Thomas, Marie Thompson and Corin Wright.