Olu David Ogunnaike
Let Me Just Put My Face On
15 July – 10 August 2016
Olive Ash from Europe pressed against Gaboon Ebony from Nigeria and Birdseye Maple from North America...
For Let Me Just Put My Face On, Olu David Ogunnaike shows a new material made from layers of factory offcuts of hardwood veneers.
The potential waste of various species and origins are shredded, then combined with a tree sap based bio resin to form a sheet. A handcrafted version of oriented strand board (OSB).
Boarded up windows at Carnival. Flecks of London Plane bark on the AstroTurf. Petticoat Lane skeleton tables. Dirty Burger. Wise man of the woods.
Ogunnaike is interested in our composite identities. Can trees absorb and precipitate their surroundings? What is in the process of layering one on top of another?
A 3 meter high wall stands within the exhibition space, screening the view from the entrance and leaving room for an audience behind, each person adding to the work’s situation.
The potential tension in the reveal, the relief in catching someone’s eye.