COME CLOSER

Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds., 2012
MFA Thesis Presentation 

"Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds." is an aesthetic inquiry into what "Black" is through the platform of portraiture. Employing three consistent materials (black ballpoint pen ink, black acrylic ink on black matted or glossed board), I draw-in surface details with various line work, shading and other sinewy, tactile traces, in an attempt to deconstruct "Black" as a concept and its visual inconsistencies pertaining to light, shadow and texture. This is a subversive play with the relative and filtered distinctions between looking at someone and actually seeing an individual. In each portrait drawing, I've emphasized the problematic contradictions inherent in a chroma that does not exist outside of a two-dimensional plane. The subjects of the series are interpreted bare in an isolated space, their purpose is not to be a spectacle for the viewer.

 

 

  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. I (Dotun. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    Pen ink on black board 

    20 x 15 inches 

    (2012)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. I (Dotun. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    (Detail)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. I (Dotun. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    (Installation view)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. III (Adeola. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    Pen ink on black board 

    20 x 15 inches 

    (2012)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. III (Adeola. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    (Detail)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. III (Adeola. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    (Installation view)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. III (Adeola. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    (Framed)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. II (Adeola. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    Pen ink on black board 

    20 x 15 inches
    
(2012)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. II (Adeola. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    (Detail)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. II (Adeola. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    (Installation view)
  • Black Surfaces. Black Grounds. II (Adeola. Abuja, Nigeria.)

    (Framed)
  • Dotun in Abuja (Study)

    Acrylic ink and pen ink on black board 

    15 x 10 inches
    
(2012)
  • Dotun in Abuja (Study)

    (Detail)
  • Adeola in Abuja (Study)

    Acrylic ink and pen ink on black board 

    15 x 10 inches
    
(2012)
  • Adeola in Abuja (Study)

    (Detail)
  • Adeola in Abuja (Study)

    (Installation view)
  • Adeola in Abuja (Study)

    (Framed)
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)

    MFA Thesis Exhibition


    California College of the Arts

    San Francisco, CA



    10 - 19 May 2012
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)
  • Come Closer: Black Surfaces. Black Grounds.

    (Installation view)