It’s Not Furniture
From May 27 to June 9, 2017, The Temple Management Company will present It’s Not Furniture by Marcellina Akpojotor, Logo Oluwamuyiwa, Ken Nwadiogbu, Fola David, John Madu and Jeiken Lato-Unah, at the Omenka Gallery. The exhibition is meant to show that art is not furniture but a representation of the life, belief, and culture of young contemporary individuals.
According to Temple Art manager, Winifred Okpapi, the salon will be presented annually “to encourage emerging contemporary artists’ adventurous experimentation and creativity, and also create artistic experiences that will catalyse cultural exchanges, connect communities, and engage the public’s imagination.” New artists will be selected each year and made to go through a period of experimenting to discover new media and present new works that have not been seen before.
Among the works showing as part of It’s Not Furniture is a piece by Unah questioning the section 214 of the 1999 criminal code that tackles homosexuality in Nigeria which focuses mainly on men. Another notable piece is Nwadiogbu’s Lost Consciousness 2 from his Nylon series on the loss of African culture in the process of the African-Western cultural hybridization.
Marcellina O. Akpojotor, born in 1989 had her first apprenticeship under her father, who is a sign writer, she eventually went on to study Art at the Lagos State Polytechnic. Akpojotor won the first prize in the ‘Off the Bin Project’ art competition in 2013 and has featured in several exhibitions as well as participated in the 19th Bone Performance Art Festival, Bern, Switzerland (2016). She was selected to be a part of the 2017 Rele Arts Foundation Young Contemporaries.
Logo Oluwamuyiwa was born in 1990 in Lagos. He holds a bachelor degree in computer and information science from the Lead City University, Ibadan. Logo explores aspects of visual and digital archiving by showing and exposing the idiosyncrasies and aesthetics of the city in its true character and reflection. He has featured in a number of exhibitions including Hustle and Hope, Rele Gallery, Lagos (2015); Future Assembly, Lagos (2016); and Down the Rabbit Hole Saloon, Alara Concept store, Lagos (2016).
Kenechukwu Nwadiogbu was born in 1994 in Lagos, Nigeria and is currently studying civil engineering at the University of Lagos. He works with charcoal on paper and has recently added collage to his résumé, building his considerable skill by studying the hyper-realistic works of several renowned artists. His recent series, titled Nylon, challenges the perception of something not/or slightly visible.
Fola David is a visual artist as well as a performance painter. His preferred mediums include graphite, charcoal, oil colour and water colour. David is a student of medicine and surgery at the University of Lagos. He has worked with local and international celebrities including Trey Songz, Wale, Keri Hilson, Rkelly, Jidenna, 2face, Iyanya, Dj jimmy Jatt, Alibaba and Vanessa Mdee. He has also performed severally on stage, breaking the internet with his 4-minute painting of reggae-dancehall artiste Patoranking at the MTV Shuga tour 2015.
John Madu is a multi-disciplinary artist, he holds a bachelor degree in policy and strategic studies. His paintings and art pieces overlap between art and design through personal iconographic symbols as metaphors, texture, indigenous patterns and colour. John Madu has featured in several exhibitions.
Jekein Lato-Unah was born in the mid-90s in Agbor town, Delta state. She is currently studying law at the University of Lagos. Lato-Unah is a multi-disciplinary artist, she dedicates her work to art movements like Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, Art Brut and Conceptual Art. She has received a certificate in painting and photo reproduction painting from Arts Basis Institute, Dubai, and is a creative director of the Junior Achievement Nigeria group.
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