You are here

Bundlehouse: Just When You Thought It Was Safe




How many artists: 

How many exhibition works:

Thursday, 8 September 2022 to Saturday, 8 October 2022

Sean Horton (Presents) is pleased to announce Bundlehouse: Just When You Thought It Was Safe, solo exhibition of multi-disciplinary artist Nyugen E. Smith


The exhibition coincides with the artist’s inclusion in The Armory Show’s Platform sector titled Monumental Change curated by Tobias Ostrander. The section will examine how recent revisionist practices, which are part of dramatic cultural shifts occurring throughout the world, are influencing artists’ engagement with sculptural form.


In his poem, In Which The Cartographer Explains Himself, Kei Miller wrote,


“My job is to imagine the widening

of the unfamiliar and also

the widening ache of it;

to anticipate the ironic

question: how did we find

ourselves here?”


Nyugen E. Smith imagines spaces - maps and structures - that guide understanding of ancestral history and shed light on contemporary issues. Nyugen calls the concept Bundlehouse, a round word that rolls off the tongue. The prolific series (2005 - present) consists of mixed media, assemblage and sculptural works and is centered around forced migration. 


For his most recent structures, Nyugen gathered bric-à-brac, fabrics and soil from his travels to the West African countries of Nigeria, Togo and Benin. The items are spiritually imbued with the energy of the land of origin. The sculptures are skeletally constructed of found objects and restoration hardware such as hardwood, metal, wire and CV tube, and then embellished with fabrics, magazines, Togo beer cans, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and diaspora soil. 


Guided by the Yoruba concept of ase, Nyugen constantly assesses and alters his pieces, borrowing elements from previous artworks to affix to new until the object indicates to its maker that  it is ready. The artist finds enchantment in everyday materials and meditation in repetitive movements such as stitching, hammering, collaging and cutting. He receives gifts of fabrics, magazines and tchotchkes from friends in various localities and rehomes them in his works. This ritual expands his connection to communities across regions.


Nyugen E. Smith (b. 1976, Jersey City, NJ) lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. The artist attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Fine Art Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. He has had solo exhibitions in the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, AL, and Emerson Contemporary, Boston, MA. Smith previously exhibited in a solo booth with Sean Horton (Presents) in the New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Miami, FL. He has participated in group exhibitions at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; Perez Museum, Miami, FL; and the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE.

Venue ( Address ): 

515 W 20th St Suite 3N New York, NY 10011

Other events from Sean Horton (Presents)

Ewelina Bocheńska — "Gypsy Sun, Desert Moon"
04/27/2023 to 05/27/2023
Kevin Claiborne — "Family Business"
03/09/2023 to 04/09/2023
Kirk Hayes — "Droll's Lament"
01/26/2023 to 03/04/2023
Two Tongues
12/08/2022 to 01/21/2023



Related Shows This Week

05/17/2024 to 06/22/2024
The Untitled Space Presents Katrina Jurjans “hence living, hence magical” Solo Exhibition
06/13/2024 to 06/22/2024
06/08/2024 to 07/06/2024
06/03/2024 to 07/15/2024
Jered Sprecher: The Space Between Earth And Sky
05/29/2024 to 07/13/2024
Leonard Nones: Essential Workers
05/21/2024 to 07/31/2024
Radu Oreian: Close to the Bone | A Descent into Collective Melancholia
04/25/2024 to 06/20/2024
06/08/2024 to 06/30/2024




Follow us on @_artweek