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A Space of His Own

 Odili Donald Odita: Mirror, an exhibition by Odili Donald Odita MFA '90 on display at Jack Shainman Gallery, was reviewed in Hyperallergic

Image of work by Odili Donald Odita

From Hyperallergic:

"The cacophonously colored, interlocking, scalene triangles one sees in many of the paintings in Odita’s current exhibition, Odili Donald Odita: Mirror at Jack Shainman Gallery (September 10–October 31) reflect his statement as they encompass this African form, found in textiles and on painted clay walls of homes in West Africa, along with the accelerated motion of hyperspace, past, and future.

"This imaginative melding draws on other aspects of the artist’s life, including learning to paint flat shapes from his father, Emmanuel Odita, who was part of the Zaria Arts Society, a modernist Nigerian art movement, as well as coming with his family to America as an infant, and going on to write for Flash Art International and Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art about Black artists such as Frank Bowling and Stanley Whitney in the 1990s, after graduating from Bennington College with an MFA in 1990."