NEW YORK, NY.- albertz benda
opened their fall season with Conrad Egyir & Patrick Quarm: Anansesem, exploring the palimpsestic nature of identity in an increasingly globalized society.
On view from September 5 through October 5, 2019, the exhibition comprises new bodies of work by both artists, drawing from their respective experiences growing up in post-colonial Ghana and currently living in the United States.
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). Recent solo shows include Successions and Reflections: Heirs of a New Country, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI (January 26 - March 23, 2019); and Conrad Egyir: Ameliorations at Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (May 9 June 28, 2019). He is currently a Kettering Family Foundation resident of the International Studio & Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, New York.
Patrick Quarm (b. 1988, Ghana; lives and works in Detroit) graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (2012) with a BFA in Painting and a Masters of Fine Art degree at Texas Tech University (2018). Patricks work has been showcased around the world at K.N.U.S.T Museum Kumasi, Ghana; Peckham International Art Fair (PIAF), London, England; Caviel Museum of African American History, Lubbock, Texas. He has also served as a teaching assistant and Adjunct Professor for painting and drawing courses in both Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Texas Tech University.