Conrad Egyir: Chapters of Light
The ICA San José is pleased to present the first and largest West Coast exhibition of work by Conrad Egyir. Egyir is a Ghanaian artist based in Detroit, working in figurative narratives of the African Diaspora. His work blends religious and West African folk iconography within domestic scenes, portraying a deep understanding of the history of portraiture. He utilizes shaped canvases and relief elements to reference stamps and postcards as metaphors for migration; journals, books, binder tabs, and chapters as metaphors for time and the archiving of ideas.
Egyir’s portraits portray close friends and sometimes the artist himself, exploring the assumptions and presumptions made when looking at others. The artist connects the theme of identity and book imagery through the age-old idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Conrad Egyir: Chapters of Light will premiere a series of monochromatic works in which Egyir blends the subject’s clothing, surroundings, and background with a nod to the graphic style of Pop Art. In addition to paintings, the exhibition will feature a charcoal drawing, a large vinyl installation, and an interactive portrait room where visitors can build their own scene for a self-portrait.
This exhibition will be on view in the ICA San Jose’s Main Gallery and will open on October 1st, 2021 in conjunction with Conrad Egyir: A Chapter of Love, a Facade Project at the ICA San José.
Conrad Egyir: Chapters of Light is generously supported by Pamela and David Hornik, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Brook Hartzell and Tad Freese.
About the Artist:
Conrad Egyir (b. 1989, Ghana; lives and works in Detroit) has an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been featured in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and Grand Rapids Art Museum (MI). Paintings have been acquired by the Rennie Collection (Vancouver, BC), the Jimenez-Colon Collection (Puerto Rico) and the Cranbrook Art Museum (MI). Egyir also boasts an ever growing following from artists including Beyoncé, who recently featured his work in her musical film Black is King. Egyir is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA.