On The Road: Basil Kincaid, Caroline Kent and Esau McGhee is an exhibition series curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah highlighting the works of artists he encounters as he travels around the world. For the inaugural exhibition, Ossei-Mensah seeks to investigate notions of mobility, freedom, identity, image construction and language through the lens of three visual artists based in the Midwest: Basil Kincaid, Caroline Kent and Esau McGhee, all of whom Ossei-Mensah met during his trip across the United States in 2017.


Loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel of the same name in which the author writes about the travels of young men— based on himself and other members of the Beat Generation— across postwar America, On the Road provides a space for Ossei-Mensah’s interrogation into how these three artists leverage the languages of abstraction, photographic collage and quilting as a modalities that capture the spirit of a moment in a time that is marked with political and societal unease.