Press Preview: Friday, August 2 | 5:00-7 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 | 7:00-10 PM
Opening Celebration: Friday, August 2 | 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Umbilical, the connection that never disappears. An exploration of the connecting forces relating to or affecting. The supply line. The nurturing link between the maker and what is made, a bond. These works investigate the constellation states of reality. The interconnected chain of creation from the belly of ancestral lands to equatorial lines, Caribbean archipelago, and America.
Kwesi Abbensetts is an Intuitionist.
His process of creating is led by an intuitive and unconscious calling. It relies on waiting, spontaneous inspiration and feeling. It places trust in randomness, moments, and happenstance instead of trained formalities of art making and practice. His work relies on memory information and the confluence of space and environment to create and influence his work, a call and response.
Kwesi Abbensetts’ work is tightly bound to his identity and consequently the work and subjects become a rendered celebration of his culture. His work is concerned with what he calls, “Revisionary Self Appropriation.” It is a work that seeks to build new context and representation of self and not relying on direct posited contemporary references. It relies on “blood” memory, invention and experimentation via the process of intuitive force performance.
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Use MoCADA’s tour notes as your guide through the exhibit, which includes a deeper dive into our themes, the artists’ notes and bios, as well as a glossary for greater understanding of the exhibit’s subject matter. DOWNLOAD the Umbilical tour notes (pdf).