HOLY GRAIL

CURATORIAL STATEMENT

 

Holy Grail is a small scale pop-up contemporary art exhibition which features the independent and commercial (pop inspired painting) works of Jeffrey Otoo and Nuna Adisenu-Doe both of KNUST who belong to Blaxtarlines Kumasi, the contemporary Art incubator and project space of KNUST who in recent years have developed an independent and alternative approach towards Art making; probing and questioning Art making processes, genres, histories and materials. This exhibition format is a first of its kind to repurpose a living room hostel space into a makeshift exhibition space. This exhibition posits as a space to rethink and question notions of art in a new light. 

Nuna Adisenu-Doe appropriates trotro station and store front iconography, (texts, slogans, phrases and objects) commonly associated with mass transportation in his work. The objects he creates using aluminum plated plastic wall cladding imported from China (which have become the preferred choice in construction for facades of commercial buildings such as banks. He has also adopted the use of repurposed ceiling led lights into a light box which illuminates through plastic sticker populated, juxtaposed and superimposed with pop-funk font styles of texts, slogans and imagery which provocative re-imagination of what pertains in the practice of public transport and storefront display. The flags, symbols and fonts are adopted from popular posters and labels of consumer products and become a visual stridency of clichés, street wisdom and wit laced with serious social and political critiques. Most of the labels are intentionally induced to simulate fading, dirt and cracks.

Jeffrey Otoo Asharku explores the issue of society’s need to act wealthy and try to emulate the lifestyle of the rich. The artist uses wooden glass cases and makes a composition of the bandanna, chains and old flashy watches. Derived and inspired by parts of hip hop culture, the wooden glass cases are watch and chain display cases which are found in city spaces and used by watch merchants as a display method for their products. The artist uses these boxes as a way of commenting on the issue of an idealized fagade, “borga culture” by staging these cheap glass boxes containing knockoff chains and watches which look expensive to the viewer but are in fact very cheap and of low quality.

SUPPORT TEAM:  Blaxtarlines Kumasi, Naana Adu- Serwaah , Alex Dodoo,  Kwame Obeng Nuamah, Denyse Gawu- Mensah,  Samuel Kortey Baah Akosua Werekoa Ampem Opoku,  Mel Ekow Arthur,  Nana Yaw Dekyi , Klenam Ahiabor(Captureville) , Larry Adorkor , Jerome N. Halm And to all friends and well wishers who promoted this event on social media… thank you all very much.