Recently, concerns have been raised about climate change and the need to recycle, reuse, and reuse organic and inorganic waste to reduce pollution.
However, the artist, for his part, does not take rubble and disposable items around the corner as useful waste.
“Artists are responding to these concerns by recycling and repurposing waste to address and comment on the issues around them,” reveals Mathew Oyedele, curator of Recycled Matter, an ongoing group exhibition of exploratory works by Samuel Nnorom, Yusuf Durodola, Konboye Eugene and Chukwuemeka M. Osisiego at Galeries Alexis, Lagos.
According to Oyedele, the show, which ends on June 25, “takes a lively look at materiality and the environment.”
He says, “The exhibition examines issues that originate in the local, but are linked to a vital global conversation.”
Patty Chidiac Mastrogiannis, founder of Alexis Galleries, also stresses the importance of growth in an ecosystem, which is why the gallery presents Recycled Matter, “as a window into the relevance and importance of artists in addressing issues of their immediate environment, and by extension, of problems throughout the world.
She says that historically artists “have answered and commented on social, economic and political issues and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to stop, because art draws inspiration from a whole host of things, in which the environment plays an important role.
For the exhibition, Nnorom presents works that continue his examination of social structure, social organization, the human condition and safe spaces, which began in 2020. The history and social meaning of the fabric of Ankara take center stage, as it dialogues with the concept of space. , distribution and distance.
Exploring the techniques of sewing and gluing flip flops, Konboye paints portraits of children to revere their innocence, simplicity and unpolluted thoughts. Here, Konboye connects the process to the subject, as he connects the complicated process of artistic creation to the formation of children.
Osisiego continues his investigation of the Aristotelian concept of “maintaining the golden mean” where he advocates courage and balance in place of excess and recklessness. In these pieces, he intensifies his exploratory journey by incorporating aluminum cans into his wooden materials.
Durodola sees environmental waste as an extension of human existence and the custodians of human imprints and identity.
Here, Durodola assembles automotive and electronic gadgets as well as polyethylene from the environment or obtained through exchange to negotiate the relationship between humans, spaces and waste.
NNOROM hails from Isiukwuato Council, Abia and was born in Jos North Plateau State on October 24, 1990. He discovered his talent at the age of nine while helping his father in his shoe workshop, where he began to make drawings of customers who visited the shop. He was also influenced by his mother’s sewing workshop, a child who played with colorful fabrics with sewing needles and thread. He went further to develop this talent through apprenticeship, training, workshops, exhibitions, art school and practice.
He holds a BA Ed (Sculpture) from the University of Jos and is currently completing an M.FA in Sculpture from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He won the National Art Competition organized by the National Gallery of Art in 2010 and 2012. He also won prizes at the 2016, 2017 and 2019 editions of the Life in My City Art Festival. He was a Fellow of the Yinka Shonibare Foundation Guest Artist Space (GAS) Fellowship and Residency in 2022.
Chukwuemeka M. Osisiego
BORN in Kaduna, Osisiego began as a painter before embarking on the exploration of wood, which gave him a voice and an identity. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka majoring in Painting and works primarily with acrylics on wood panels.
Osisiego is inspired by nature, culture and its environment and has participated in numerous exhibitions and auctions. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
KONBOYE mainly works with decorated flip flops obtained from drains and dumps. His choice of materials and color palette is deeply rooted and draws on his training at the Polytechnic of Auchi, Edo State, where he graduated with honors in painting.
As a student at Auchi Polytechnic, Konboye was greatly influenced by the teachings of Kent Onah, who encouraged the exploration of unconventional materials and the recycling of solid waste to manage environmental degradation.
In 2016, he trained at Universal Studios of Art under the direction of Abiodun Olaku and Wallace Ejoh. Konboye was a resident artist of the Omooba Yemisi Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) in 2019 and was selected among other mosaic artists from around the world for the international mosaic symposium, Patagonia.
DURODOLA is a Guinness World Record Achiever (Largest Painting by Number) for the School of Drawing, Lagos, Nigeria. He was born in Ibadan, Oyo State in 1979 and attended Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka where he obtained a Nigerian Certificate of Education and majored in Painting and Graphic Design. He proceeded to the University of Lagos where he completed his degree in Creative Arts and completed his Masters degree at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Osun State.
Her captivating paintings were included in the Netflix 2022 limited series: Blood Sisters. They are also widely collected by the Nike Art Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria, the Madlozi Art Gallery, South Africa, and private individual collections around the world. His paintings are eternal archives dedicated to the protection of African traditions and customs; Nigerian heritage and culture with special emphasis on his indigenous origin as Yoruba progeny.
The show is sponsored by Pepsi, Tiger, Indomie, Mikano, The Guardian, AMG, Logistics, Haier Thermocool, UPS, Aina Blankson, Lost in a City, Cobranet, Art Cafe, WazobiaTV and Lipton.