Reception for the Artist
Thursday, June 1, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Nnenna Okore, Okochi, 2017, burlap, dye, and wire, 68 x 66 x 12”
Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce Nnenna Okore: Osimili. The Nigerian raised Fulbright Fellow’s exhibition of abstract, richly textured wall sculptures from recycled materials will be on view from June 1 – July 15, 2017. There will be a reception for the artist Thursday, June 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Metaphorically speaking, Osimili, the Igbo word for a huge body of water, alludes to the fluidity and volatility of life. By referencing organic elements in nature, such as roots, veins, and flora, the works highlight the complex dynamism of our cosmic existence – the animistic force that breathes life into matter. The inference to water underscores the phenomenon of transience and transformation. This exhibition will express the theatrics of movement and flow, and the subtle reflections of aging, fragility, decay, materiality and ephemerality.
Left: Nnenna Okore, Tomorrow Never Dies, 2016, burlap, dye, and wire, 91 x 95 x 12”
Right: Nnenna Okore, Okilikili, 2017, burlap, dye, and wire, 70 x 60 x 12"
The abstract sculptures comprising Osimili, surround the viewer with works extending up the walls and onto the ceiling or into the center of the exhibition spaces. The wall sculpture Ndu bu Isi (in Igbo means 'Life is the genesis of all things') made of burlap, dye and wire, refers to life. And like many of the works featured in this themed show, the essence of life is expressed through floral symbolism. Ndu bu Isi centers on the enigmatic and phenomenal qualities of life. Derived from the variant name, 'Ndubisi' that is usually borne by the firstborn males in Igbo land, it captures the notion that (patrilineal) continuity only prevails with an added (male) life; and is therefore the foundation of our existence. In this work, the artist states, “I aspire to represent through the use of visual metaphor, and vibrant elements the potency and ephemerality of life and its natural cycles.”
Nnenna Okore, Ndu bu Isi, 2017, burlap, dye, and wire, 55 x 65 x 14”, detail
For more information on this exhibition please contact the gallery at 415.677.0770 or email@example.com