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  Feeding the 5000  

Feed the 5000
Biennial opening night
Independent District


  Dave White, Liverpool Biennial 2004  

Dave White
Independent District
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Gillian Davis, Babycream  

Gillian Davis
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  One of Daisy Delaney's 'Thousand Windmills'  

Daisy Delaney
A thousand windmills
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  The Transparent Eyeball  

White Diamond
The Transparent Eyeball
Liverpool Biennial 2004


  Detail from Scott Jones's album cover for Deltasonic's The Zutons  

Scott Jones
Liverpool Biennial 2004

  Detail from work by Kofi Fosu

Kofi Fosu


Independent District

Novas Warehouse


A painter, writer and philosopher. Kofi Fosu was born in Accra, Ghana in a town called Osu. He migrated to the United States with his family in the early 1980s. He immediately took to the American pop culture of television. On his own, he discovered music, poetry, illustration and photography and later became actively involved with theatre. He read the plays of Sam Shepard. “The 80’s gave way to people like Basquiat and David Salle. It gave me the confidence that I too could be a professional artist”, Kofi says, “I was accepted to the School of Visual Arts. It was there I combined art with music and drama.” He got a BFA in Creative Writing at Hunter College and studied a7t the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Presently, he pursues writing, directing and producing as a profession. He maintains his talent as painter, hoping to develop new theories, subjects and visions.

His style is derived from a combination of Expressionism, Naïve Art and Graffiti. Rather than give to the interpretation of the original idea he captures his muses in tone of texture. A series he has concentrated on of the female subject. The woman in the pieces is real people, considering the gender and sexual politics in a post-modern society.

transVoyeur and the Artist
What is the role of the artist? It is different with each individual. The unavoidable quest to manifest should be of concern to everyone who dares to be creative. To the artist, Kofi, born African, bred American. Through a natural progression, he has acquired the European intellect. Intelligence is neither black nor white. The grave decline is the pursuance of academia to restrain any further improvement on one's cultural history. He states ‘I am black’. He recognises Matisse, but also recognises Tom Feelings. To say that modern art began with Picasso and George Braque is his misunderstanding. Critically, the importance of black artists in history is relegated to African American artists. What the role of the artist becomes is a means of defiance, assertion and the ability to endure a life in total infinity.

The hybrid. His hybridity is rooted in the aforementioned continents. His heart is unchangeable. The true spirit of an African is his ability to recognize freedom. It changes everyday. But the ability to roam spiritually is the gift of "a people" who understand death, hope and uncertainty. As an American, he is a New Yorker. 9/11 is our tragedy. New Yorkers know tragedy. He remembers the 1980's, a much different time, when he was motivated by art. His hybridity as a cause and a reference point originated from this moment on. Music as a necessary freedom is my blessing. It carries over into his language.

His language is at first a vernacular. It also is intellectual as in the literary heroes who have inspired him, Sam Shepard, Roland Barthes and Langston Hughes. As in Roland Barthes' image, music, text, the principles that formulate within my art are based on text, text as textural and as a written text. He deals in the image; painting, photography and advertism. Hybridity for him isn't manifested only in the physicality of the artist in question. The body and space is essential. Temporarily we are bound by a place. We are transient. This however is not true in the adversarial. Man/woman is present. We absorb. We digest. We question. We are at liberty to defy. In this the moment when the artist chooses to put to test his/her originality, brilliance and intuition, art travels through the specific time and space. The body is at rest. his/her vision acquires a physicality that exceeds the self, the physical self. This process is necessary.

Through this trans-Atlantic interaction, he, as an artist, is able to communicate with the artists from Liverpool on the foundations of objectivity, social concerns, the intellectualizing of art as a form of expression. What binds us is our hybridity. Together we encourage a forum. It enables us to explore ideas concerning both Liverpool and New York. He is then able to bond with a city foreign to him. The Liverpool artists get a chance to do the same. The coming together of artists from Liverpool and New York is a chance to link two cities that are worlds apart. By doing so, we come to a realization that both cultures are engulfed by their creative growth --- Art as a market. Art as growth, spatially and of the body. He looks forward to Liverpool, as an artist and communicator. In this symbiosis, a new world is created.


Artists represented in Transvoyeur:

Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney
Tony Knox
Gary Sollars
Ben Youdan
George Lund
Paul Clarkson
Michael Ricardo Andreev
Kofi Fosu
Stephan Fowlkes
Reid Stowe
Poalo Pelosini
Patricia Jacobs

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