Accrochage

Showing works by Osi Audu, Kevin Demery, Nnenna Okore and Ghizlane Sahli, Sakhile&Me offers a review of their 2019 exhibition program. Osi Audu's abstract-geometric paintings investigate the dual nature of self, whereas Kevin Demery's mixed-media canvases interrogate the experiences of African-American youths in the United States. The sculptural installations of Nnenna Okore and Ghizlane Sahli take inspiration from nature and the human body, respectively, and sit on the boundary between abstract and figurative art.

Accrochage (7 January - 8 February 2020)

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Sakhile&Me is pleased to present Accrochage, a selection of works from the gallery's 2019 exhibition program including paintings by Osi Audu and Kevin Demery as well as sculptural installations by Nnenna Okore and Ghizlane Sahli. The exhibition runs from 7 January to 8 February, 2020.

Osi Audu's practice focuses on abstract art that retains some figurative elements in his geometric acrylic paintings in two colours and monochromatic grey and black drawings. Following the Yoruba concept of Ori Inu ("the inner head"), his works - most of them displaying portraits of the self - draw attention to the artist's focus on the head as a signifier of consciousness and as an object of self-knowing. Audu received his BFA from the University of Ife (Nigeria) in 1980 and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia in Athens (USA) in 1984.

Kevin Demery's works explore the interplay between North American history and signifiers of power, developing a painterly language that invites us to move between the potent aesthetic of his work and recurring motifs of historical violence, surveillance and childhood trauma. His paintings show photo cut outs on the background of geometric color blocks with objects hanging from ropes or chains draped over the canvas, thereby merging the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional. Kevin Demery is a 2014 BFA graduate of the California College of the Arts and a 2018 MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nnenna Okore is a sculptor, painter, and environmentalist whose nature-inspired fiber sculptures and clay on foam-board paintings marked the inaugural exhibition at Sakhile&Me. Okore's works boast intricate textures and vibrant colors referencing organic elements such as plants, roots, or veins and explore themes of transience and transformation. Okore has received fine arts degrees from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and the University of Iowa and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago.

Ghizlane Sahli's art practice is deeply inspired by her background in architecture and embroidery and her interest in environmental sustainability. The artist creates her pieces in bright red, black, and white silk-thread and weaves the individually wrapped pieces and spiraling parts into intricate sculptural designs, arranged into both abstract and recognizable forms and referencing organic matter such as coral reefs, hives, and bodily organs.


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Osi Audu

Osi Audu is an artist and curator whose practice over the last three decades has elevated abstract art through his geometric "self-portraits" that interrogate the duality of form/void and the tangible/intangible as they relate to the self and self-consciousness. He received fine arts degrees from the University of Ife and the University of Georgia. More...

Artists at Art Berlin 2019: Kevin Demery

Kevin Demery

Kevin Demery's work transverses painting and sculpture to explore the interplay between U.S. history and signifiers of power, inviting us to move between the aesthetic of his work and motifs of historical violence, surveillance and childhood trauma. He received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More...

Artists at 1-54 London 2019: Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore is an internationally acclaimed artist who is known for her intricate mixed media sculptures. More recently, she also started creating vibrant textured paintings. She has received art degrees from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka and the University of Iowa and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago. More...

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Ghizlane Sahli

Ghizlane Sahli creates cellular-form ink drawings and large enchanting silk-thread sculptures made from used bottle tops. Her sculptures, which she refers to as?"the Alveoles", are deeply inspired by her interest in architecture, embroidery and environmental sustainability. Sahli received degrees in architecture from Paris-Tolbiac and Paris-Belleville. More...


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