In Twist and Turns, sculptor Nnenna Okore’s second solo show at the David Krut Projects, sculptures come alive against white walls. Using newspaper, burlap and cloth, Okore transforms mundane items into dynamic sculptures. In the white light of the gallery space, Transitions – composed of twisted newspaper webbed like roots coated in red and green acrylic – dances with its own shadow embracing each twist and turn. From the colors to the materials, Okore’s work is an adventure in the transformation of materials abound whichever local environment she inhabits. Born and raised in Nigeria, Okore’s most recent sculptures draws from her heritage of intricate weaving and textiles, and the material also hails from her year-long Fulbright in her home country .
Nnenna Okore, has previously exhibited at the David Krut Projects with her 2011 exhibition Torn Apart . Her work was also featured in MoCADA’s 2013 exhibition, Six Draughtsmen.
The show is available for viewing until January 17, 2015.
I desire to heighten the perception of textures, undulating contours and movements that exist within our ephemeral world; and to evoke some reflection about how we can better preserve and care for our earthbound surroundings.
Last year MoCADA curated, No One Belongs Here More Than You, featuring the work of three American based artists of Nigerian descent, Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Nnenna Okore in Lagos, Nigeria. We plan to curate more exhibitions on the continent with the dreams of launching a MoCADA in Nigeria.
MoCADA’s current exhibition, Six Draughtsmen, highlights the diverse drawing practices of six Nigerian female artists who push the limits of drawing both on and off the page. Studio Africa named Six Draughtsmen a must-see experience and featured artist Toyin Odutola made the January 2014 cover of ArtNews!