Desmond Lewis
BROKE
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Johnson Ocheja
The Beautiful Life of Ordinary Blue

12.4.21 - 1.1.22

 

Desmond Lewis

BROKE

Desmond Lewis is an Artist who uses steel and concrete in his sculptures to correlate the invisibility of structural steel within buildings with the concealed structural importance of African Americans in the United States.  Within his work he creates fabricated and forged sculptures that abstractly address conversations surrounding race, equality, and community.  The work in Broke explores the notion of what it means for a material to fracture under stress from the confinement of American infrastructure.  

Desmond Lewis was born and raised in Nashville, TN and currently resides in New Haven, CT. He earned his BS from Tennessee State University, an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Memphis and an MBA from The University of Tennessee at Martin.  Desmond has completed residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Desmond’s work can be found in several public and private collections around the US including: Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, Orange Mound Neighborhood and Veterans Association, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Desmond is on the Board of Directors at the Metal Museum. He is currently a Lecturer in Sculpture and the Fabrication Shops Coordinator in the School of Art at Yale University.

Johnson Ocheja

The Beautiful Life of Ordinary Blue

“Life is better when we create space for others to coexist. This is a voice for the voiceless, the magic is always in the ordinary, give it a voice and let the beauty out.” –  Johnson Ocheja

Johnson Ocheja (B. 1993, Kogi State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian self-taught artist from an Igala speaking community. He paints detailed scenes of black subjects with blue pigment and in impasto technique with his fingers thereby producing marks on the skin of his subjects inspired by scarification, an African cultural practice. His portraits highlight black consciousness and black beauty.  He moved to Kaduna state at the age of 3, graduated from Kogi state university with a bachelor’s degree in statistics.  

This is his first solo show, in the United States, and with Red Arrow Gallery.

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