Solo Project #9: Nyugen E. Smith "To the Kapitol" (Everybody Come)
May 7, 2011 – June 24, 2011
Nyugen E. Smith: "To the Kapitol" (Everybody Come)
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.