Part of the Vernus series that marks Ini Archibong’s first collaboration with Friedman Benda, it references hopes for a new spring. “I hope that when [one] see’s it, it gives them that feeling that you get when you wake up the first day that spring has hit. When you look out the window and there’s a bunch of flowers after it’d just been a desolate winter. That feeling of not just hope, but hope fulfilled,” says Archibong. Ini’s practice is deeply informed by music and each Vernus symbolizes a different musical composition blending diverse personal experiences from “finish fetish” car culture, skateboarding, and Pasadena’s Rose Parade.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired Vernus 3 (2020) by Ini Archibong, which will be included in the upcoming Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room at The Met Fifth Avenue.
Vernus 3, 2020
Glass, galvanized steel
81.5 x 59 x 31.5 inches
207 x 150 x 80 cm