Exhibition by: Odun Orimolade
1 Work, a new project at Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos which invites an artist to present a single work as a way of highlighting a specific medium, engaging a particular idea or creating an ambitious new work which may not be possible through other platforms or to simply use the space as a laboratory or studio that encourages a direct engagement with a diverse audience.
Odun Orimolade; 1 Work 2014 Exhibition Curatorial Statement
14th JULY- 22nd August, 2014
The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos presents 1 Work, a new project that invites an artist to present a single work as a way of highlighting a specific medium, engaging a particular idea or creating an ambitious new work which may not be possible through other platforms or to simply use the space as a laboratory or studio that encourages a direct engagement with a diverse audience. The first 1 Work project is presented by Odun Orimolade, for whom drawing is a principal component of her artistic practice, as well as being central to her research interests.
Using the gallery wall as her support, Orimolade’s intervention lies at the heart of the process of mark making and form generation. Her waiflike configurations allow a play of inventive and intuitive biomorphic images to evolve producing drawings that map volume, contextualize place and more tacitly than explicitly invites the viewer to interact, to react and even to question. The combination of research, process, and interaction are tools which contribute to the articulation of a trajectory that attempts to evolve an artistic language that is personal but also collective, spontaneous yet measured. In so doing she hopes to deconstruct a received history of drawing by activating an alternative language that prioritizes locality and specificity. The 1 Work project will unfold across the wall over a 21-day period.
Odun Orimolade graduated in painting from the Yaba College of Technology School of Art, Design and Printing, Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art from the University of South Africa, Pretoria where she is also currently completing her Masters in Visual Art. She has participated in several exhibitions locally and internationally, including solo shows such as Facets of a Psyche, Terra Kulture, Lagos(2006), A Secret Place, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria, SA (2012) and Being and Becoming, Art21 Space, Lagos (2014). Recent group exhibitions have included Ravy Festival, Yaounde, Cameroun (2014), 50th anniversary exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists, Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos (2014), Six Draughtsmen, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York (2013) and Come release me, National Pop Up Theatre, Goethe Institute, Lagos (2013). Orimolade lives and works in Lagos as an artist and a lecturer at her alma mater.
1 Work project is conceived by Bisi Silva and curated by Jude Anogwih.