Milan

Olu Oguibe, Composition with Blue, Red and Yellow, 2019, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Olu Oguibe, Composition with Blue, Red and Yellow, 2019, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Olu Oguibe

Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio

The works in Olu Oguibe’s “Cuba Project,” 2019, which developed out of a visit to a steelworks in Matanzas, Cuba, in February 2019, were made mainly out of discarded metal elements left over from the factory’s manufacturing process. In this exhibition, the artist presented them as he found them, without any modifications, albeit in carefully calculated groupings that suggested he has a scholar’s taxonomic instincts. It was not by chance that his introduction to the show was a display case, Untitled (all works 2019), filled with small rusty objects, salvage on a miniature scale, which he also preserved as painted images in watercolor on paper.

For the most part, however, Oguibe lent the objects he had collected new life through the multiplication of identical elements, often in site-specific installations where the exhibition context contributed to their formulation. Form in Arrangement of

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