This summer time, Thought Pyramid Artwork Centre Lagos presents Reality File (Sequence-1) which is a recycled/upcycled artwork undertaking with the first goal of documenting and informing the general public by means of the inventiveness of eight principal recycling/upcycling artists whose works have garnered appreciation internationally.
The exhibition, which is curated by Ovie Omatsola opened on Sunday, August 22, 2021, will run till Sunday, September 12, 2021 on the Thought Pyramid Artwork Centre Ikoyi, Lagos.
It will be recalled that final November, Thought Pyramid Artwork Centre made historical past as the primary Nigerian (and presumably African) gallery to deliver collectively 5 seasoned and globally famend (scrap) metallic artists in a uncommon and prestigious exhibition tagged Ajorin; Dancemetalphor. A profitable metallic artwork recycled/upcycled artwork exhibition that enlisted the expertise and creativity of Dotun Popoola, Fidelis Odogwu, Adeola Balogun, Abinoro Collins, and Steve Ekpenisi to completely rid the earth of over 20 tonnes of metallic litters. “Seeing the little we have been in a position to obtain with Ajorin Dancemetalphor, we knew extra needed to be completed with out hesitation,” says Ovie Omatsola.
Therefore the choice on the Reality File recycled/upcycled artwork exhibition, which whereas in similitude with Ajorin Dancemetalphor is completely different as a result of it explores the presentation of fashionable recycled/upcycled artwork items from sources discarded starting from material, plastic, nylon, bottles, tire, to led wires.
Supported by Nigeria Machine Instruments, Trustbanc, The LakeYard, and Recycle Apostles (REAP), Reality File might be showcasing 24 provocative recycled artworks, three from every exhibiting artist. In line with the curator, “Reality File will spark a constructive change in individuals’s unconscious considering to advertise and contribute to the planet’s welfare as they’re marveled by the second life the exhibiting artists have given these belittled sources, and as a consequence, lowering the quantity of waste generated.”
Reality File is a undertaking that focuses on the sustenance of wholesome earth, longevity of rich human lives, and the promotion of cheap waste administration by means of artwork.
The imaginative and prescient of Reality File is sufficiently exploiting artistic energy in offering insights, consciousness, and encourage Nigerians and the remainder of the world to be extra accountable now and sooner or later as regards lowering waste supplies and objects, in addition to imbibe the behavior of reusing what they’ll and recycling their unusable by means of artwork. The curator of Reality File claims he shares the view of Pete Seeger when he mentioned, “If it can’t be decreased, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, resold, recycled, or composited, then it needs to be restricted, designed, or faraway from manufacturing”.
“That assertion would summarise nearly the whole lot the eight exhibiting artists of Reality File and I are targeted on, as regards recycled/upcycled documenting within the minds of each particular person who visits the exhibition”.
According to the persistent outcry for enhancements in each private and environmental hygiene, at the moment, Thought Pyramid is bringing artwork creation into the area of environmental duty. The gallery is extending its responsibility as a stakeholder within the African artwork business past encouraging the creation, promotion, and appreciation of artwork to turning into extra delicate to the atmosphere exhibiting artwork as a realistic software for fixing air pollution and different waste administration points combating Nigeria.
From fashionable to modern intervals, the creation and appreciation of artwork have by no means been static throughout areas of the world. In Africa’s Twenty first-century artwork creation, Thought Pyramid Artwork Centre retains elevating the bar with improvements by working with artists of recent conceptual energies. Subsequently, the eight recycled/upcycled artists pioneering the primary collection of Reality File are visionaries with their very own thought-provoking contemporary ideologies relating to litter and the business of recycled/upcycled artwork in Nigeria.
The artists embrace; Uzoma Samuel Anyanwu, Tayo Olayode, Ernest Nkwocha, Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Lateef Olajumoke, Yusuf Durodola, Abu Momogima Oshioma and Samson Akinnire.
There are various causes to see the works on the exhibition.
For example, Uzoma Samuel Anyanwu’s inimitable strategy to materials collage work, the exploration of recycled supplies to artwork has distinguished him from his contemporaries. He shares the opinion that “recycled artwork is the artwork of the longer term. Persons are getting uninterested in how issues are completed repeatedly.” Toying together with his mom’s material waste supplies gave him the earliest appreciation of artwork. Materials are world identities that unite humanity; every of Uzo’s works has uncountable items from completely different components of the world collaged in a single face revealing various cultural motifs and symbols, as most of his works give attention to globalization, how quickly completely different cultures are integrating, and postcolonial cultural variations. Materials have related greater than we predict, related collage works of Uzo merely painting globalization.
As properly, Tayo Olayode, who resides and runs a studio in Lagos, is a full-time studio artist with over 20 years of observe. His upcycled artwork items are made in collaboration together with his technological insights. He believes “till we begin to contain know-how in artwork in Africa, we’ll by no means depart the stage we at the moment are”. At the moment, he has the largest standing artwork set up in Nigeria and the third in West Africa, at over 60 toes tall. Olayode’s oeuvre contains various works utilizing a variety of complicated strategies and kinds in exploring materials and strategies, setting him aside as an artist who spans the worlds of summary, realist, and surrealist expression. Inclusively, He’s expert in graphics design and printing know-how.
Alternatively, Ernest Nkwocha’s works have been exhibited broadly inside and outdoors Nigeria. In 2019, BBC world information and BBC Africa focus acknowledged and featured his repurposed tire sculptures. He chooses the tire texture that finest interprets his meant topic. His inspiration is formed by the precise texture of any tire he discovers. He paperwork and discusses in his works, the social and political lives that exist in his instant society, thereby, consciously and unconsciously reflecting deep ideas in his composition.
Olanrewaju Tejuoso, who lives and works in Abeokuta, Ogun State, is a prolific combined media, efficiency, painter and set up artist. For him, “…recycled artwork is used as a protest. The colours symbolize new liberties”. Olanrewaju is passionate concerning the atmosphere and his artwork leans in the direction of this as he makes works from discarded and waste supplies. Olanrewaju believes his enduring newfound concern for his individuals and atmosphere is divine, which he known as “From Waste to Life”.
Lateef Olajumoke was born in Lagos. In defending his enigmatic upcycled artwork items, Lateef explains “my upcycled artwork disturbs you as a result of I’m not doing the peculiar”. His aspiration contains increasing his inventive horizon by means of openness to new potentialities and materials exploration to evoke a social dialogue with world and modern points. Primarily, his curiosity is exploring investigated or self-experienced feelings and reactions of individuals in his instant cosmopolitan atmosphere with the goal to counsel options by means of his visible rendering. He’s involved with utilizing traces to create representational artwork.
Yusuf Durodola sees discarded supplies as souls and holds the view that “the way in which we relate with wastes is the way in which we relate with ourselves; we don’t pay any consideration”. He’s a prolific multidisciplinary artist from Ibadan, Oyo State, although based mostly in Lagos. Durodola’s style of labor blurs the boundaries of portray, recycle and up-cycle, and efficiency/video/images artwork. His recycling observe focuses on the supplies which might be threatening environmental sustainability and channels them to handle the problem of infrastructural decline, waste administration, environmental air pollution, echo system, and sensitization. He has participated in over 40 group artwork exhibitions, two solo exhibitions, residency packages, workshops, seminars, performances and He belongs to a number of artwork our bodies.
Abu Momogima Oshioma, an indigene of Edo State and a flexible sculptor, has dedicated absolutely to artwork for 25 years since 1996.
He believes there may be by no means a greater day than in the present day to begin recycling and doing all that you simply hope to attain. Oshioma’s resourcefulness could be witnessed in his artworks that are created with plentiful questions that border the thoughts of an artist who wishes to see his instant atmosphere develop from the stagnant nature it has all the time appeared to own. His goal contains figuring out points in his world that have an effect on (the peculiar) people and fixing them by delivering sturdy options to such menace by means of his artwork. His result-oriented spirit continues to pave the way in which for him in creating arts which might be related no matter the modifications in time and interval. Additionally, his integrity contributes to his achievements as a Nigerian artist.
Born in Ajegunle, Lagos State, Samson Akinnire is an experimentalist, who strongly believes in enlargement by means of the journey of discovery. His combined media portraits incorporate articles of waste that invite clarifying and humanizing engagements with what’s discerned as stunning disposable components. His artwork presents daring complexity and placing completeness that evoke an inherent efficiency and elaborates collages (largely of beer cans). His works are largely influenced by the experiment he had completed restlessly from junky discarded supplies. His artistic concepts originated from harvesting “wastes” of many varieties that are nailed, glued, forged, carved, welded, tied, lower, sliced, grind, punched, overwhelmed, woven, stretched, burnt, painted, and so on assembled with screws and nail perforations to create artwork. For him “…what makes the waste stunning is pricey… On the finish of the day, you might be shopping for the artwork and the creativity. ”
“With the lineup of the listed artists and help of the media group, Reality File, as envisioned, would be the most momentous and artistically memorable recycled artwork present of its form in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa, and by extension the world”, Ovie Omatsola, curator and exhibition director, assured.
“Though it was tough to get sponsors to decide to this earth-saving imaginative and prescient and be a part of us on this life-impacting mission, Thought Pyramid appreciates the help of our sponsors. Most particularly the Nigerian Machine Instruments that was with us once we made historical past with Ajorin Dancemetaolphor and right here once more as we proceed to unfold the gospel of efficient administration of waste in Nigeria by means of artwork. Clearly, one sponsor was not sufficient and it was our best pleasure when Trustbanc and The LakeYard got here on board this ship”.
“For galleries and artists to proceed to completely defend the earth, human, and wild lives from the hazards of litter in every single place utilizing their creativity; the contribution of selfless people and organizations can’t be undermined. On that account, on behalf of all the Thought Pyramid Administration and Reality File crew; I need to reward our sponsors for his or her noble act of selflessness. The identical goes for the exhibiting artists and relentless recycled/upcycled artists worldwide”, he added.