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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Up against the wall: Where Victor Ekpuk will draw at Arts Center tonight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM

click to enlarge "Dis Amstadam Life," by Victor Ekpuk in the Arkansas Arts Center's 12th National Drawing Invitational"
  • "Dis Amstadam Life," by Victor Ekpuk in the Arkansas Arts Center's 12th National Drawing Invitational"

Nigerian-American artist Victor Ekpuk, whose work in on exhibit in the "12th National Drawing Invitational: Outside the Lines" exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, will create a drawing on the wall of the Arkansas Arts Center and speak about his work at starting at 6 p.m. tonight (Aug. 21), after a 5:30 p.m. reception. Ekpuk's compositions, made up of repeated figurative glyphs, are inspired by the nsibidi symbols he saw during his childhood, secret symbols understood only by adult males. He'll complete the drawing Friday; the work will be destroyed when the show goes down Oct. 5. 

The inspiration for the drawing is Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from the Ninth Symphony. As an ephemeral drawing — one that will be destroyed — perhaps it will say something about one's fleeting, tenuous hold on faith. Find out tonight. (Members free, nonmembers $10 to attend.)

Ann Prentice Wagner, curator of drawings at the Arts Center, writes this about Ekpuk's work on the exhibition website:

Ekpuk’s work bridges divides between writing and drawing, painting and drawing, the modern and the ancient. He creates art in many media, including drawings on paper, paintings and painted ceramics. He also creates wall-sized temporary drawings in installations around the world. Ekpuk’s recent ephemeral installations include his chalk drawing for the exhibition Auto-Graphics: Recent Drawings by Victor Ekpuk at the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an installation for the 11th Biennale of African Contemporary art, Dak’Art, in Dakar, Senegal.

And here is what Ekpuk says about his ephemeral drawings: 

My series of ephemeral drawings “Meditation on Memory Series,” where I or other person later erase my finished drawings, explores the notion of memory, from which one derives a sense of self/identity as an ephemeral condition that is constantly in flux and could be affected by life circumstances.

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