On View: September 11 – October 17
Mehari Sequar Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition ÆFFECT, by artists Ryan Cosbert and Redeat Assefa. Curated by Darryl Atwell, this 2-person exhibition will speak to the affective effect, or effective affect, of the artists’ work to enact social change. Along with the forthcoming exhibition catalogue, ÆFFECT will dissect how both artists use color, texture, and naming to move viewers to think critically about personal identity, history, and community.
Ryan Cosbert (b. 1999 Brooklyn, New York) rigorously researches the history and people of the African diaspora that she uses as inspiration for the subjects of her work. The names and colors give us a deeper look at consequences of subjugation and oppression along with their historical and generational impact on the Black community. This exhibition is the first D.C. presentation of the artist’s work. Exhibiting alongside her is Redeat Assefa (b. 1992, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) whose untitled color-field works serve as a meditation on place and belonging. Her light casts of oil paint on canvas offer a grit and texture, allowing the works to become a “passage” into the artist’s world.
About Ryan Cosbert
Ryan Cosbert (b. 1999 Brooklyn, New York) is an African-American conceptual artist whose work approaches and focuses on her own humanistic experiences, self-expression, political issues and historical narratives. Cosbert aims to bring her viewers to see things from an internal/external perspective to explore and ignite conversations while encouraging higher consciousness. Cosbert recently graduated from The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City with a BFA in Fine Arts (Class of 2021).
About Redeat Assefa
Redeat Assefa (b. 1992, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is an Ethiopian-American painter working in Baltimore, Maryland. Her non-objective paintings use light, space, and gesture to explore personal identity and the inevitable aspects of the human condition. Assefa received a BFA in Painting from Howard University and an MFA from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.