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ANTHONY OLUBUNMI AKINBOLA 

Market

Night Gallery is pleased to present Market, an exhibition of new work by Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola. This is the artist’s first presentation at the gallery.

INSTALL 1

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Market, installation view, 2021

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, CAMOUFLAGE #077 (Franzia), 2021

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola’s work responds to and updates the legacy of the readymade, placing the sculptural mode of inquiry in dialogue with traditions of abstract painting. Formal exchanges within and between Akinbola’s artworks push his materials away from their typical cultural and historical evocations, emphasizing plays of color and texture while highlighting unexpected thematic associations. Throughout the artist’s process he has used durags as a primary material to continue the investigations of the Color Field and Action Painting movements. Each successive series of paintings takes up its own line of aesthetic inquiry, exploring the properties and possibilities of his medium through attention to color, fabric, drapery, and composition. Rather than negating the cultural connotations of the durag altogether, these works invite the viewer to both engage and detach their preconceptions at will, exploring how changing contexts create newfound activations of the familiar. 

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Power Figure #016, 2021

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, CAMOUFLAGE #074 (Pink Panther), 2021

INSTALL 2

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Market, installation view, 2021
 

SCULPTURE 2

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Power Figure #008, 2021

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, CAMOUFLAGE #075 (Macintosh), 2021

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, CAMOUFLAGE #071 (Smuckers), 2021

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, CAMOUFLAGE #070 (Fanta), 2021

SCULPTURE 3

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Power Figure #012, 2021

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Market, installation view, 2021
 

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, CAMOUFLAGE #078 (Aquafina), 2021

SCULPTURE 1

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Power Figure #018, 2021

Akinbola’s exhibition Market is centered around new paintings that extend his series “CAMOUFLAGE,” each one working within shades of a single hue, evoking the narrow color schemes of military fatigues. These are situated amid an array of readymades invigorated by simple but radical acts of alteration. These include found sculptures that the artist has glazed in vibrant hues of pearlescent enamel, giving their carved wooden features the appearance of 21st-century products. In the middle of the viewing space stands a taxidermied boar, mid-stride. The exhibition space takes on the atmosphere of an archive whose hybrid objects playfully elude categorization. Defying taxonomic interpretation, the works instead suggest a chain of production, gesturing toward the migration and transformation of materials and cultures, questioning in particular a dichotomy between Africa and Black America. These dynamics can also be found in Akinbola’s paintings, which allude to camouflage not only in name or in their monochromatic compositions but also in their materials themselves: durags, used to maintain and compress Black hair, can be understood as tools of assimilation, though stretched across the canvas they are themselves rendered nearly unrecognizable. Indeed, Akinbola’s deceptively simple works become monuments to disguise, leaving the viewer in an intermediary space between transaction and transcendence.

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Power Figure #003, 2021
 

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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Torino, 2021

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola (b. 1991) has been included in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Queens Museum, New York; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; FALSE FLAG, New York; and Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, Georgia. He has been a resident artist at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado; DordtYart, Dordrecht, Netherlands; and Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #077 (Franzia), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
86 x 98 in (218.4 x 248.9 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #016, 2021
wood and automotive paint
25 x 9 x 9 in (63.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #074 (Pink Panther), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
55 x 48 in (139.7 x 121.9 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #006, 2021
wood and automotive paint
13 x 9 1/2 x 11 in (33 x 24.1 x 27.9 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #075 (Macintosh), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
48 1/2 x 50 in (123.2 x 127 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #018, 2021
wood and automotive paint
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 in (34.3 x 21.6 x 10.2 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #071 (Smuckers), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
72 x 51 in (182.9 x 129.5 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #012, 2021
wood and automotive paint
12 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in (30.5 x 11.4 x 11.4 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #070 (Fanta), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
48 x 48 in (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #003, 2021
wood and automotive paint
24 x 7 1/2 x 7 in (61 x 19.1 x 17.8 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Torino, 2021
100% boar bristle hair brush
6 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 5 3/4 in (16.5 x 4.5 x 14.6 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #078 (Aquafina), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
96 x 99 in (243.8 x 251.5 cm)
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Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #077 (Franzia), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
86 x 98 in (218.4 x 248.9 cm)
AA003

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #016, 2021
wood and automotive paint
25 x 9 x 9 in (63.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)
AA017

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #074 (Pink Panther), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
55 x 48 in (139.7 x 121.9 cm)
AA008

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #006, 2021
wood and automotive paint
13 x 9 1/2 x 11 in (33 x 24.1 x 27.9 cm)
AA016

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #075 (Macintosh), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
48 1/2 x 50 in (123.2 x 127 cm)
AA009

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #018, 2021
wood and automotive paint
13 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 4 in (34.3 x 21.6 x 10.2 cm)
AA012

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #071 (Smuckers), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
72 x 51 in (182.9 x 129.5 cm)
AA005

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #012, 2021
wood and automotive paint
12 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in (30.5 x 11.4 x 11.4 cm)
AA014

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #070 (Fanta), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
48 x 48 in (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
AA004

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Power Figure #003, 2021
wood and automotive paint
24 x 7 1/2 x 7 in (61 x 19.1 x 17.8 cm)
AA015

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
Torino, 2021
100% boar bristle hair brush
6 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 5 3/4 in (16.5 x 4.5 x 14.6 cm)
AA019

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE #078 (Aquafina), 2021
durags and acrylic on wood panel
96 x 99 in (243.8 x 251.5 cm)
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