Rele Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by Sejiro Avoseh, not at any of its own spaces, but at Angels and Muse, a facility located at 5, Sumbo Jibowu Street, in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The works on view are those the artist began creating during a residency period at Angola AIR (Artist in Residency) in January 2020.
The show opens at 3pm, Sunday, September 20 and will end on October 4, 2020.
Rele says in a release: “Expanding on his formal artistic language of combining collaging techniques with painterly forms, Avoseh creates fantastical, hybrid figures in his signature ‘automobile- related faces’ as well as drawing from popular culture”.
Avoseh is a 2017 alumnus of the Rele Arts Foundation Young Contemporaries. He held his first solo exhibition When We Are Not What We Are in 2018 at Rele Gallery.
He participated in a live performance at Art X Lagos and collaborated with international doll- maker Aidamaris Roman on her ‘Forgotten Heart’ series.
In 2018, he was listed as one of ‘18 Nigerian young visual artists under 30 to follow’ by art critic and author Jess Castellote. Avoseh’s work has also been featured in several art fairs including FNB Art Joburg (2019) and Art Dubai (2020).
The featured series titled ‘Abuse of Innocence’ visually dialogues with notions of power, citizenship, violence and innocence. Characterised by bold, raw colours and frenzied mark-making, the works offer a unique view on existing power dynamics and its role in perpetuating systemic and random violence against a designated other — an othering brought about by institutional injustice as well as class and gender struggles.
The exhibition will open this Sunday the 20th of September at Angels and Muse.