NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Contemporary art gallery Ibis is pleased to announce the opening of Austin Uzor’s solo exhibition, Nothing But Dust. Uzor hails from Imo State in Southern Nigeria where his interest in art began at a very young age. In 2016, he immigrated to the United States where he obtained his MFA from the University of North Texas. Currently, he lives in Alfred, NY, where he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Alfred University. A formidable and increasingly acclaimed talent, Uzor has a vibrant international exhibition track record, including in Nigeria, London and across the United States. Over the past year he has had solo shows at NYAMA Fine Art in Chelsea, NYC and Fort Works Arts in Fort Worth, as well as group shows at the Koppel Project in Hive London and Sacred House in LA.
Austin Uzor’s paintings are aesthetically rich in texture and move effortlessly from exquisitely painted renderings to ghostly expressionist imagery. It is often the uncertain areas between these fragmented scenes that he creates psychological spaces with which the viewer must compose. Discussing these latter paintings, Uzor writes, “…this new body of work examines both the personal and collective experience of being stateless and the complex ideology surrounding the ritual of death…. With figurative images of fragmented landscapes within metaphorically dissolving landscapes, there is usually a dialogue between a third space that serves as a window to infinity to access these events and realities. From incubation to installation of Nothing But Dust, Uzor has developed the paintings to live both individually and as a complete concept. On either side of the long gallery, fourteen Gothic-shaped paintings and stained-glass windows line the wall, as if it were the nave of a medieval cathedral. Perpendicular back walls are punctuated by three large paintings on canvas of secular glimpses, creating an intersection between ritual and reality.
Nothing But Dust runs from April 2 to May 21, with an artists’ reception on April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.ibisartgallery.com.