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Ezra Wube

Winter Workspace 2016

Pictured above: Zemed, 2012
Photography with cut-out photograph, 11” x 17”
Image courtesy of the artist

Ezra Wube’s mixed-media works reference mobility, time and place through autobiography. In his time-based painting and video works, he often explores the idea of belonging to two worlds. According to the artist, “as an immigrant one can never be fully part of the present or the past.” Wube attempts to reconcile these in-between spaces by connecting multiple realities, places and moments in time through the dynamism of painted imagery. During the Winter Workspace, Wube will explore notions of perception divergent from his usual anthropocentric subject matter, in a stop-action animation short based on studies of Wave Hill’s local plants, insects and animals and how they “perceive” their surroundings.

Wube was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and moved to the United States at the age of 18. He is the recent recipient of a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Wube has exhibited internationally, including at the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn; the Milano Film Festival; the Swedenborg Short Film Festival in London; and the Istanbul Animation Festival in Turkey. Wube received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.