Please join us on Saturday August 4th at 2:30 pm for the opening reception of CAMOUFLAGE, a public work by Queens-based artist Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola.
On view August 2nd – August 5th, 2018 in the Partnership Gallery, 2nd floor.
Anthony O. Akinbola is a Nigerian-American interdisciplinary artist who employs the ready made motif in relation to the human experience and history. Working with sculpture, performative and text-based works Akinbola is attuned to the void between artistic intention and the viewer’s own comprehension, and he transforms this chasm into a discourse of sorts, using it as a source of creative energy. The installation is an 8 x 40 foot collage that consist of over a thousand Du Rags and delves into themes of consumption, respectability and cultural ritual. Akinbola attempts to use the Du Rag; an object used in the maintenance of black hair, as an abstracted proposition on larger issues such as identity, respectability and commodification of African American culture.
This event is made possible in conjunction with The Queens Council on The Arts New Works Grant and support from The Japour Family Collection, Lillian Heidenberg and Basil Kincaid.
With special thanks to Richard Merckling
Photo credit: Elliot Jerome Brown Jr
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