|THE OPENING is all about delving into the fascinating, quirky and wonderful visual arts in Vancouver. Each week we’ll feature an artist, cover an exhibition, discuss a lecture and everything else in-between to delve deep into who and what makes art happen!
This week’s guest article is brought to you by Agnes Wisden, an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Vancouver.
WORDS: AGNES WISDEN
“My studio was private, but not a closed environment. Rather, it was a stage that I inhabited and opened to those around me.”
— Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Running from January 26 until March 2 at Artspeak is Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s Studio Work. Curated by J.J Kegan McFadden, the exhibition is comprised of Sepuya’s most recent works, which were created in a 2011-2012 artist residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Inside, a sparse few portraits are hung on the wall without any titles or dates of creation. In the center of the room is an L-shaped desk with neatly choreographed stacks of photographic paper prints, a small amount of books stacked at the ends, a few pieces of dried orange peels, and scribbled one sentence process notes. Besides the artist statement located in print by the gallery office and a zine you can pick up about Studio Work, the notes and books on the desk provide the only words in the exhibition itself.