Our August Hang-Ups – Twosomes and Threesomes

 

Our Hang-up this month. ‘Twosomes and threesomes’. A collection of figurative artworks from a variety of artists exploring the interaction between people on a multiplicity of levels.

On one level the artworks deal with different aspects of human interaction. Each artist explores the idea of human interaction in different way.

But it’s also about the interaction between these people and the viewer – how the artist manipulates this interaction? Do they encourage the viewer to join the conversation or do they create a distance between the viewer and the subjects in the artwork? Is the viewer an invited guest or an interloper?

Nsikak Essien’s ‘Mother’ hacks back to simpler times and the timeless union of mother and child.

Kofi Agorsor’s ‘The beautiful game’ seems like symbiosis, three women deeply and positively connected –   a strange, spiritual union. It almost, in a subtle way, excludes the viewer from this union. You can look but you must remain an outsider.

Duke Asidere’s ‘For Alex Shyngle’, a tribute to the late artist, Alex Shyngle  – three women in harmony, but different. While Agorsor’s piece seems like an ode to the present, the now, Asidere’s feels  like an ode the past, the present and the future.

About his ‘Seated Queen series’, Asidere explains that the original idea came in the nineties. A lady friend had asked if he could develop a painting based on her sketch. He agreed. He titled the piece ‘Subtle queens’. This eventually evolved to Seated queens –  a series of artworks about strength, elegance and sisterhood.

Abayomi Barber’s sketch, ‘Solitude’, may not fit our general definition. Still, it’s a twosome – chair and stool. A story about peace and quiet, family life, contentment. Simple pleasures.

We hope you find these connections interesting. And we hope you explore them in your own way.