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Olu Amoda gives hard issues a soft landing

12 May 2014, 08:57Obidike Okafor

Dakar - Olu Amoda loves to weld. It’s an open secret, his works cannot hide. The artist who won joint top prize at the recently opened Dark'Art Biennale loves to draw from the energy of objects – mostly found objects with a reusable factor.

His works draws its inspiration from abstractions which still take some of the contours of human forms while delicately injecting observed realities found in many contemporary sculptures.

Viewers will be intrigued by the way he takes common things like nails to address a subject with an unusual spin, thereby expanding the vocabulary of art with his works.
In the work that won him first place titled, "Sunflower," he plays with contrasts by giving the work a soft name, but utilising hard objects – steel nails and spoons. This is typical of the artist who delights in creating an idea and beauty out of what is considered as discarded but reusable.

On the biennale clincher, he delivers subtlecommentary on how Africans are consumers and not producers.

"Sunflower" acts as a reminder of the collective responsibility of every human to achieve set goals and is depicted by the numerous nails used to constitute the center of the sunflower.

“Every object I use has life, and in that life is an energy that makes my works” Amoda said.

The artist and visiting lecturer confessed that he was shocked to receive any award.

He won joint overall best with an artist from Algeria, Driss Ouadahi.

“I am not trying to pay lip service to the Biennale, but I believe that every artist should embrace the biennale, it is our own cup of nations” he added.

Amoda’s sculptures always stand out, because he actually brings out the tough as nails issues, and make them look beautiful without missing the point.

- News24 Nigeria

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