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Friedman Benda is pleased to announce Titus Kaphar’s 'The Vesper Projec t'. The exhibition is a massive sculptural statement - an encompassing inst allation\, in which Kaphar’s own work is seamlessly woven into the walls of a 19th-century American house.

The culmination of an intense five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vesper family\, the pr oject was “birthed in a state of extended disbelief\,” according to Kaphar. As the artist’s muses\, the members of the Vesper family and their histori es are intertwined with Kaphar’s autobiographical details\, and layered wit h wide-based cultural triggers of identity and truth in the context of hist orical accounting.

In 'The Vesper Project'\, period architectu re\, gilt-frames\, a vintage type-writer\, a neglected wardrobe\, old photo graphs act as seemingly recognizable elements but by employing every tool o f his trade\, Kaphar insinuates doubt and transports the viewer into a disr upted mental state. As the house fractures\, so does the viewer’s experienc e. In so doing\, Kaphar compresses times\, conflates the continuum of histo ry and postulates new powerful realities.

With many of Kaphar' s interventions present in the installation including slashing\, silhouetti ng\, and whitewashing\, this singular work is a complex map of overlapping timetables and collective genealogies. By obliterating the distance between the viewer and the work\, 'The Vesper Project' is comprehensive\, experien tial\, and it is the artist’s most ambitious expression to date.


A Panel Discussion will be held on Saturday\, March 9 at 4:00 PM< br /> "The Creative Implications of Mental Disruption"

Panelists include:
Bridget R. Cooks and Arlene Keizer\, both Universi ty of California\, Irvine
James Berger\, Yale University
Scott Barry Kaufman\, New York University (requested)
Kwamena Blankson\, Ha rvard-trained psychologist
Titus Kaphar\, Artist

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