Conrad Egyir Takes Over San José ICA, Inside and Out

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A painted scene of several seated figures.
Conrad Egyir, ‘A Chapter of Love’ (detail), 2021; reproduction of painting on vinyl. (Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman)

Following the refresh of the San José ICA’s galleries and the transformation of the art center’s facade into a striking public art venue, Detroit-based Ghanaian artist Conrad Egyir takes over both interior and exterior this October with his figurative tableaux. Inside, Chapters of Light will premiere a series of monochromatic portraits—Egyir usually depicts close friends or himself—that confuse the boundaries between subject, surroundings and background.

Outside, A Chapter of Love returns to Egyir’s brightly colored palette to illustrate the idea that “it takes a village” when it comes to raising children. That sense of community and participation is further captured by an interactive portrait room and a sidewalk installation meant to prompt hopscotch-like games.

Conrad Egyir’s ‘Chapters of Light’ is on view Oct. 1, 2021–Feb. 2, 2022 and ‘A Chapter of Love’ is on view Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 2022 at the ICA San José.