Kambui Olujimi is one of my favorite artists right now, one that never fails to impress with the direction in which his mental, linguistic, and visual interpretations go. His last exhibition was a solo project, The Clouds Are After Me (Nov. ‘09), hosted at Saatchi & Saatchi in conjunction with The Art Production Fund. Now, having been at Omaha’s Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, intensely working for almost three months earlier this year, he’s ready to reveal these twenty by ten-foot constellations (and other new work) described as:
The central component […] each embroidered by the artist with constellations of fine thread and rhinestones, composing a narrative of contemporary “star maps.” Subverting the tradition of tapestries as a record of historical events, the constellations reference a series of fantastical yet personal stories that play on the relationship between fact and fiction, reality, and belief. The embroidered representations of persons, animals, and objects chart new constellations which transform pre-existing celestial bodies into new mythological characters. A series of sculptures that reference the artist’s celestial narratives will punctuate the maze-like installation of the tapestries. With this work Olujimi explores questions of how ancient legends function in the homes of contemporary society and whether mythology can extend community without conquest. Encountering this work, viewers will be invited to take part in a mythology of the present, explaining our world as it is, was, and as we hope for it to be.
Wayward North Opening Reception
Jun 5, 2010
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
81 Front Street, Dumbo
Brooklyn NY 11201
[Update: The opening reception has been moved up to the afternoon.]
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