For its next show in its newest art space, Rele Gallery is presenting Africa in multicolour, from the point of view of four artists, all born in the 1990s, with varying degrees of art practice experience, and a connected theme.
Reading Abstraction: The Space Between will feature paintings by Kenyan artist Agnes Waruguru, Botswana’s Sedireng Mothibatsela, Nigerian-British-Sudanese Sabrina Coleman-Pinheiro and the Nigerian IyunOla Sanyaolu, at the Gallery’s new space on Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, in the United States, from Saturday, June 5, 2021.
“The exhibition examines the diverse and layered use of abstraction; each of the artists use various textures, mediums and acts of mark-making to engage in the transcendental act of space and world-making”, Rele says in a briefing.
“The abstract space here is alive and constantly evolving, serving as both familiar and uncharted terrain”.
Reading Abstraction: The Space Between imagines the abstract as both dynamic and specific, a place of unfolding histories and modernities. A place of simultaneous interiority and exteriority. From the intimate to the impersonal, the exhibition explores the possibilities of abstract forms in creating new languages, philosophies and worlds unbound by–yet drawn from–material reality. Throughout the works, visual elements such as line, form, color and texture become vehicles and sites for the creation and exploration of immersive worlds and narratives”.
• Sedireng Mothibatsela, from Botswana, features deeply embedded personal stories and experiences. In her work, which are delivered in diverse mediums and stylistic forms, Rele Gallery says. Mothibatsela, who was born in Gaborone, the capital city of the diamond rich country, interrogates both materiality and technique in creating layered and intricately textured compositions, the exhibition catalogue points out. “Drawing from an interest in psychology, Mothibatsela examines the human condition through an enduring exploration of identity and personal emotional journeys through grief, solace and spirituality”.