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Art Talk: How to Build A House on Stilts

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Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 East 125th Street

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Liminal Space artists Kwesi Abbensetts and Andrew Lyght will join curator Grace Aneiza Ali in a conversation on how their work invokes Guyana’s architectural landscape. Both artists reference the stick frame wooden houses on stilts that are quintessential to the visual identity of Guyana. In this conversation, they will share how they are inspired to use these structures as symbols in their work, how these houses on stilts serve as remnants of colonial and postcolonial power in Guyana, as well as how as architectural artefacts, they stand the passage of time.

Read more about the artists’ work featured in Liminal Space below:

In The Old House, Kwesi Abbensetts transforms vinyl wallpaper into his canvas. Vibrant in his use of deep colors, lighter hues, and dominant blacks, the artist employs the bold gestural nature of Abstract Expressionism in conjuring a homeland not seen since 2001. Layered onto the wallpaper are newspaper clippings, abstract lines, and a blueprint-esque white outline etched with a table fork of “House #64”— the Berbice home he grew up in.

In G741 Drawing Structures, a painted green rectangular plywood sheath with the bottom edges diagonally cut out is decorated with Andrew Lyght’s freehand drawings of white geometric shapes influenced by Amerindian “Timehri” rock carvings in Guyana. Drawing from his childhood days of constructing kites, Lyght creates an illusion of a floating sheath. The plywood is held in place by a visible crossbar on the front and a partially hidden lightweight oak stick framing system behind it — a reference to the stick-frame houses in Guyana that first ignited the artist’s attraction to line and structure.

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