Colours of Fourth Edition at National Museum
By DAMIETE BRAIDE and JEMILA KPANJA
Looking at the various works of art on display at the just concluded solo exhibition by Emenike Ogwo at National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, the visitor is overwhelmed by culture. For example, Argungu Festival, a renowned fishing festival in the country, portrays various fishermen in the water struggling to catch the biggest fish to become winner of the festival.
The Melody Maker depicts various strokes in a rhythmical movement all of which portray life and its relationship to music. In life, human beings despite their busy schedules find time to listen to music as a form of relaxation or source of inspiration. Togetherness, shows people from various tribes in the country living together in peace, unity and harmony without allowing their differences to bring division in their midst.
Abiodun Olaku, a populae artist observed that one can feel the similarity in the character and potency of the charged emissions from the artists? paintings which transcend the borders of presentation. That the artist tells his stories in colours is quite unique even as he exhibits his apparent disinterestedness in academic ?explanations or justifications.? All these are supported by the virtual absence of architectural lines which help to establish competence in draughtsmanship.
Odili Ujubuonu, a novelist noted that the exhibition is a constant interrogation of the artist and his cultural environment which is hugely explored through a mystic or dreamy hue.
? The artist deliberately uses a veneer of textures to masquerade the simple messages of his everyday cultural experience. This constantly leaves a surreal, if not, sleepy impression of very obvious concepts. Fourth Edition could most conveniently titled Fourth Dimension because the artist uses quieting screaming images with a veil of silence. Emenike deliberately uses a veneer of textures to masquerade the simple messages of his everyday cultural experiences?.
Emenike Ogwo said he tagged his exhibition Fourth Edition because it was his fourth solo exhibition and his central message centers on promoting culture through his works. He is a lover of culture and that is why most of his works center on culture.
About 47 works were exhibited in various mediums such as Oil on canvas, oil on paper, acrylic, paper on pencil and some of the works displayed include Balogun Market 111, Togetherness, Market Place, Rusty Roof, Obedience 1, Makoko Settlement, Eyo, Fishermen 1& 11, The Journey of Life 11, Ijaw, Settlement among others.