Adeola Balogun: Bubbles of Emotions

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From June 17 to July 1, 2017, Omenka Gallery will present Bubbles of Emotions by Nigerian artist Adeola Balogun. The exhibition is inspired by social currents or current affairs.

According to Adeola Balogun, “Bubbles of Emotion is a body of work that attempt to reflect on heart-wrenching narratives both at my immediate environmental and at global space; the atmosphere has never been this charged! Over the years, the polity had been polluted by bad governance; ethno-racism/nepotism, social injustice and corruption, all the vices becoming intractable and a constant barrage in our collective psyche. Frustration had led many to embark on perilous journey in foreign climes, seeking for greener pasture where it does not exist. These challenges are more than enough to provoke outburst of bottled-up emotions among the populace.  Steel domes/spheroids as a metaphor aptly come to my field of exploration in the interpretation of these myriads of distasteful episodes playing out in the polity leading to negative consequences on our place of abode-the mother earth. The pigmented globular steel forms, akin to soapy bubbles which are reflective of their environmental space are here metaphorically applied to reflect myriads of challenges in our human narratives.”

Adeola Balogun was born in 1966 in Ogun state, Nigeria. He holds a higher diploma from the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, and a master of fine art degree from the University of Benin, Edo State. Balogun collaborates with his environment in revivifying the encountered materials in a process of rebirth, thus adding value and giving them new meanings in relation to his subject matter. He has featured his works in several exhibitions including Seed Phenomenon, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos (2006); Infinite Patterns, Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos (2009); Ants and Giants, Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos (2011); Soundspiration, Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos (2013); Matter Redirected, Ashley Gallery, Uttesberg, Sweden (2013); Up-Cycled, Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2014); and Connections & II, Ashley Gallery, Uttesberg (2015).