Accrochage

7 January - 8 February 2020

Description

Sakhile&Me is pleased to present Accrochage, a selection of works from the gallery's 2019 exhibition program including paintings by Osi Audu and Kevin Demery as well as sculptural installations by Nnenna Okore and Ghizlane Sahli. The exhibition runs from 7 January to 8 February, 2020.

Osi Audu's practice focuses on abstract art that retains some figurative elements in his geometric acrylic paintings in two colours and monochromatic grey and black drawings. Following the Yoruba concept of Ori Inu ("the inner head"), his works - most of them displaying portraits of the self - draw attention to the artist's focus on the head as a signifier of consciousness and as an object of self-knowing. Audu received his BFA from the University of Ife (Nigeria) in 1980 and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia in Athens (USA) in 1984.

Kevin Demery's works explore the interplay between North American history and signifiers of power, developing a painterly language that invites us to move between the potent aesthetic of his work and recurring motifs of historical violence, surveillance and childhood trauma. His paintings show photo cut outs on the background of geometric color blocks with objects hanging from ropes or chains draped over the canvas, thereby merging the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional. Kevin Demery is a 2014 BFA graduate of the California College of the Arts and a 2018 MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nnenna Okore is a sculptor, painter, and environmentalist whose nature-inspired fiber sculptures and clay on foam-board paintings marked the inaugural exhibition at Sakhile&Me. Okore's works boast intricate textures and vibrant colors referencing organic elements such as plants, roots, or veins and explore themes of transience and transformation. Okore has received fine arts degrees from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and the University of Iowa and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago.

Ghizlane Sahli's art practice is deeply inspired by her background in architecture and embroidery and her interest in environmental sustainability. The artist creates her pieces in bright red, black, and white silk-thread and weaves the individually wrapped pieces and spiraling parts into intricate sculptural designs, arranged into both abstract and recognizable forms and referencing organic matter such as coral reefs, hives, and bodily organs.


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Works

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Painting

2018

Acrylic on canvas

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Drawing

2019

Graphite and pastel on paper (mounted on canvas)

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait, Untitled

Self-Portrait, Untitled

Drawing

2019

Graphite and pastel on paper (mounted on canvas)

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait, The Bearded

Self-Portrait, The Bearded

Painting

2019

Acrylic on canvas

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Kevin Demery: Colors Above

Colors Above

Painting

2018

Chain, leather and canvas bags, sandals, chalk and acrylic on canvas

137,5 x 137,5 cm

Nnenna Okore: Oyele

Oyele

Wall sculpture

2017

Burlap, yarn, dye and wire

248,9 x 139,7 x 43,2 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 059

Histoires de Tripes 059

Wall Sculpture

2018

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

95,0 x 122,0 x 26,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 061

Histoires de Tripes 061

Wall Sculpture

2018

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

90,0 x 126,0 x 30,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 063

Histoires de Tripes 063

Wall Sculpture

2018

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

103,0 x 103,0 x 29,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 076

Histoires de Tripes 076

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

102,0 x 102,0 x 25,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 081

Histoires de Tripes 081

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

155,0 x 174,0 x 30,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Volume 006)

Histoires de Tripes (Volume 006)

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk and plastic tubes on wire frame

80,0 x 45,0 x 45,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 004)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 004)

Drawing

2019

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 006)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 006)

Drawing

2019

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm