Nigerian-born artist Victor Ekpuk is best known for his improvisational use of 'nsibidi', a form of ideographic writing associated with the powerful Ekpe men's association in southeastern Nigeria. Ekpuk's early fascination with the economy of line and encoded meaning of 'nsibidi' led to his broad explorations of drawing as writing and to the invention of his own fluid letterforms. In recent years, Ekpuk's approach to mark making has flourished through his investigations of scale, motion, surface, and form. "Auto-Graphics" features selections from Ekpuk's recent work, including collage, digital prints, and large-scale drawings, including a large-scale ephemeral work drawn directly onto the gallery wall at Krannert Art Museum.
This exhibition will be on display from January 24 through July 27. It is curated by Allyson Purpura.