Throw up a fist for black power, cause all we want is this freedom
Jon Reischl, Greinwald, Mixed-media on canvas. 30” x 42”
Koen Hauser and Maarten Spruyt for Vlisco
Medium: Burnt Newspaper, Acrylic on Canvas,
Fun Fact:To reassure any family concerns about him pursuing a ‘real’ career, he chose to study Urban and Regional Planning at the Prestige Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, but quietly attended courses in the Fine Arts Department where he was privileged to see the works of Late Gani Oduntokun, a lecturer famous for his paintings and public sculptural installations in different cities of the North.
I believe that anyone can paint or draw something to appear new or whole but making the work look old, rustic, worn and battered is where the challenge is….It is this that I strive to achieve with my works.
Thus,my works take on a certain “Character”.
Meanwhile to achieve this; I burnt lots of newspapers (which to me its symbolic-it mimics the society we live in) and stick them to a flat surface then work on it to make a statement .
The objective … This freedom (burnt newspapers) that has led to the annihilation of the elements of art needs to be tethered and guided for that is the only way by which the salvage from this destruction can be exhibited in new light and preserved for posterity, thus attaining a state of high function, purity, a more than ordinary moment of existence. And finally making my works look ancient, salvaged and restored.
2.Adam and Eve
Nina Simone in 1959
Photo courtesy of Ebony Magazine