October 1st, 2021 – September 18th, 2022
October 1st, 5-9PM in conjunction with Conrad Eygir: Chapters of Light
Members Only Walkthrough: Friday, October 1st, 4-5PM
Image above: Conrad Egyir, A Chapter of Love (detail), 2021, reproduction of painting on vinyl. Courtesy of the Artist and Jessica Silverman.
Conrad Egyir: A Chapter of Love
The ICA San Jose Facade Project launched in 2020 with inaugural artist Amir H. Fallah, garnering wide acclaim in conjunction with the ICA’s role as a Vote Center for the 2020 November election. With the success of our inaugural Facade Project, we are looking forward to presenting the next project in 2021 with Ghanaian artist Conrad Egyir. This exhibition will be on view on the facade of the ICA San José starting October 1st, opening in conjunction with the solo exhibition Conrad Egyir: Chapters of Love, also on view at the ICA San José.
Egyir is a Ghanian artist based in Detroit, who creates bold, bright, graphic narrative paintings and portraits that stylistically pull from pop art, political propaganda, and religious art. His iconography is drawn from superstitious symbols of West Africa, cultural anachronisms, and art history. Egyir’s shaped canvases and added elements reference stamps, postcards, notepads, and books as metaphors for migration and archiving of information. At its core, Egyir’s work is about community and identity told through a language of painterly delight, making him a powerful artist for our next Facade Project.
The imagery in A Chapter of Love will center around community, family, and child-rearing inspired by Egyir’s experience growing up in West Africa. The artist references the saying “it takes a village” as touchstone for this project. Passages about love will be woven throughout the facade, including on the sidewalk along with hopscotch-like games. The windows will feature combs made of cut plexiglass, blending imagery of ancient African combs and contemporary portraiture. Egyir’s Facade Project will encompass the entirety of the building and onto the sidewalk, celebrating the ICA as a space for diverse perspectives and community engagement.
Conrad Egyir: A Chapter of Love and Conrad Egyir: Chapters of Light are generously supported by program partner Facebook Open Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Pamela and David Hornik, Tad Freese and Brook Hartzell, and Applied Materials.
About Conrad Egyir
Conrad Egyir (b. 1989, Accra, Ghana) received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2020, the artist enjoyed a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and his work is in the permanent collections of: Pérez Art Museum, Miami; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Rennie Collection, Vancouver BC; the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, NY; Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, Pasadena; and the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Egyir has been awarded residencies by Vermont Studio Center; ACRE Residency, Wisconsin; the Ox-Bow School of Arts and Artist Residency, Saugatuck, MI; and the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn. In 2021, he will enjoy solo presentations at UTA Artist Space (Beverly Hills, CA) and the Institute of Contemporary Art San José. He is represented by Jessica Silverman.