Brandon Ndife: Down to the Spoons and Forks

Tuesday, February 1 – Sunday, March 6, 2022

Main Gallery
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

Tuesday through Sunday, Noon–5pm

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The general public is welcome to view exhibitions in both the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. All patrons must adhere to and follow the University COVID-19 safety guidelines. Wesleyan requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated including booster shots. All visitors will need to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated. Masks are required in all University buildings regardless of vaccination status. Indoor performances as well as special events, including opening receptions in the galleries, will be open to Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff. Vaccinated visitors may attend outdoor events and outdoor activities unmasked. Patrons under the age of five are required to wear a mask at outdoor events. Due to current CDC age limits on vaccinations, individuals under the age of five will not be permitted at indoor exhibitions.

Brandon Ndife: Down to the Spoons and Forks

Built domestic objects are combined with organic matter in this newly created series of sculptures by Brandon Ndife. Additively-composed of castings that appear as assemblages of found objects, Ndife refers to the work as “code switching” rather than a trompe l'oeil. Sited between decay and regrowth, his sculptures speculate on historical conditions that constitute the present and/or displace possibilities that might lie in a future past.

Brandon Ndife (b. 1991 Hammond, Indiana) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Solo and two-person exhibitions have included MY ZONE, Bureau, New York, 2020; Minor twin worlds with Diane Severin Nguyen, Bureau, New York, 2019; Ties That Bind, Shoot the Lobster, New York, 2018; Just Passin’ Thru, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, 2016; and Meanderthal, Species, Atlanta, 2016. Group exhibitions have included New Museum Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone, New Museum, New York, 2021; Cascadence, Altman Siegel, San Francisco, 2021; Winterfest, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 2021; Material Conditions, Matthew Brown Gallery, Los Angeles, 2020; and Fixing the “not... but,” LC Queisser, Tbilisi, 2019. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York, 2022. Write-ups of his work have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Interview Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Mousse Magazine, and Flash Art.

Opening Reception: Dana DeGiulio and Brandon Ndife — Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4:30pm

Artist Talk: A Conversation with Brandon Ndife and Anthony Ryan Hatch — Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 6pm