(MAPS)

(MAPS), 2011. 

"(MAPS)" marked Toyin Odutola's first solo exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery and in New York city, as Jack Shainman states: 

"Through an extraordinarily detailed, almost obsessive approach, Odutola explores various interpretations of blackness in image-making using ball point pens, ink and paper. Through monochromatic, tonal density she explores and expands upon these histories and representations. A relentless layering, mapping and cropping of each portrait allows for a tension to reveal itself, where the contradictions become almost too heavy and burdensome for the fragile paper to bear. The figurative subjects are impenetrable, solid, and embossed into the picture plane. Odutola often melds snapshots of friends and models with her own likeness. In so doing, she investigates whether the place which one inhabits (a skin, a locale, a presence) can simultaneously exist within and outside of a definition. The portrayal of the subject does not specifically belong to any locus, yet is inherently connected to the human dermal landscape. The sense of place and presence are important conceptual themes throughout Odutola’s work. Growing up as a child in a perpetually transient mode, She describes the allowance of ‘context’, to become permeable, flexible and impermanent, somewhat precarious and at times unimportant. Through a frequent search for security in decontexualized surroundings, Odutola employs emptied blank spaces that render her subjects neither within nor without. She creates a lexicon from the laborious, time-consuming process of meticulous mark-making, prying at the idea of what her skin means to her and claiming her own space. Odutola roams within this open expanse, a part of it, regardless of the changes which may befall everything around us and the histories and representations navigated by us all."

 

 

  • Letting the Ring Finger In

    Pen ink and varnish on Paper 

    22.5 x 30.5 inches
    
(2009 - 2010)
  • Encroaching

    Pen ink and varnish on board 

    16 x 20 inches 

    (2010)
  • So Sure of Yourself, You Are

    Pen ink on paper
    
14 x 11 inches 

    (2011)
  • Untitled (Face/Head Study II)

    Pen ink and varnish on paper 

    11 x 14 inches
    
(2010)
  • Untitled (Hand II)

    Pen ink on paper
    
14 x 11 inches
    
(2009)
  • Untitled (Sequence 3)

    Diptych 

    Pen ink on paper 

    11 x 7 inches (each)
    
(2011)
  • Untitled (Sequence 4)

    Diptych 

    Pen ink on paper 

    11 x 7 inches (each)
    
(2011)
  • Untitled (Sequence 5)

    Diptych 

    Pen ink on paper 

    11 x 7 inches (each)
    
(2011)
  • Untitled (Sequence 5)

    Framed.
  • Untitled (Face/Head Study)

    Pen ink and varnish on paper
    
11 x 14 inches 

    (2010)
  • Untitled

    Pen ink and marker on paper 

    5 x 7 inches
    
(2011)
  • Tentative (Arm & Hand)

    Pen Ink on Paper
    
11 x 14 inches 

    (2009)
  • Cropped

    Pen ink and varnish on paper
    
9 x 12 inches 

    (2010)
  • Untitled (Only You)

    Diptych
    
Pen ink on paper
    
11 x 14 inches (each) 

    (2011)
  • (MAPS)

    (Installation view)

    Jack Shainman Gallery

    513 West 20th Street
    
New York, NY

    

17 August - 16 September 2011

    Photos Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery.
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