The Vesper Project

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The Vesper Project, 2012 Mixed Media © Friedman Benda
The Vesper Project
Curated by: Alice Higgins, jennifer, Olshin

515 West 26th St.
1st Floor
New York, NY 10001
February 28th, 2013 - April 6th, 2013
Opening: February 28th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6
african american artist figurative, architecture, History, Psychology, mixed-media, installation, sculpture


Friedman Benda is pleased to announce Titus Kaphar’s 'The Vesper Project'. The exhibition is a massive sculptural statement - an encompassing installation, 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 project was “birthed in a state of extended disbelief,” according to Kaphar. As the artist’s muses, the members of the Vesper family and their histories are intertwined with Kaphar’s autobiographical details, and layered with wide-based cultural triggers of identity and truth in the context of historical accounting.

In 'The Vesper Project', period architecture, gilt-frames, a vintage type-writer, a neglected wardrobe, old photographs act as seemingly recognizable elements but by employing every tool of his trade, Kaphar insinuates doubt and transports the viewer into a disrupted mental state. As the house fractures, so does the viewer’s experience. In so doing, Kaphar compresses times, conflates the continuum of history and postulates new powerful realities.

With many of Kaphar's interventions present in the installation including slashing, silhouetting, 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, experiential, 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
"The Creative Implications of Mental Disruption"

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