In his architectural portraits, Patrick Oberhi Akpojotor visualizes the trade between people and their constructed environments, whether or not actual or imagined. The artist’s spatial physique of labor, which explicitly contemplates the connection between interiority and exteriority, is based in his childhood in Lagos, a metropolis checkered with conventional, colonial, and up to date buildings the place he nonetheless lives right now. “I noticed how a former residential space turned a industrial one altering how folks interacted with that group,” he says.
Rendered in daring blocks of acrylic, Akpojotor’s work encourage introspection as they contemplate how identities inform the design of single buildings and infrastructure, which in flip form the individuals who occupy these areas. The anthropomorphic buildings evoke cubist geometry and phantasm, fracturing the physique with a staircase, brick chimney, or total home, and some works proven right here, together with each “In Reminiscence of the Residing” items, are self-portraits.
Past his environment in Nigeria, Akpojotor derives inspiration from historic African sculptures and masks, significantly “the way in which the kinds are deliberately distorted to cross messages and symbols of their (beliefs),” he shares. “In my work, the way in which object(s) are positioned doesn’t matter. What’s essential is that the article(s) are represented, and the message is handed.”
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