Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Open Space Lab 03: Kambui Olujimi

29 November – 04 December 2017

Open Space Lab (OSL) turns the empty gallery into a space for research, creation and collaboration ( OSL offers artists whose work is performance-based, exploratory and multi-disciplinary the space to explore, develop and initiate dialogue about ideas and art.

For OSL 03, the internationally renowned artist Kambui Olujimi (Brooklyn) will be working at CUAG on a new performance / animation project based on Wayward North, a 2010 commission for Art in General in New York. Olujimi will collaborate with diverse local actors at CUAG, filming their actions and movements as the basis for his animation.

The installation Wayward North was comprised of twelve embroidered celestial star maps, sculptures, photographs and drawings that work in tandem with his mythical narrative of the same name. Wayward North blends real places and events with the imagined to create a mythical world that reflects the hopes and fears of what is possible in this current moment.

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and received his MFA from Columbia University. Olujimi’s interdisciplinary work challenges established modes of thinking through sculpture, installation, photography, writing, video and performance. His solo exhibitions include: A Life in Pictures at MIT List Visual Arts Center; Solastalgia at CUE Art Foundation; and Wayward North at Art in General. His works have premiered nationally at Sundance Film Festival, Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PS1, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and MASS MoCA.

Internationally, Olujimi’s work has been featured at the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Finland and Para Site in Hong Kong, among others. Olujimi has been awarded residencies from Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Civitella Ranieri Foundation. He has received grants and commissions from numerous institutions including A Blade of Grass, the Jerome Foundation, and MTA Arts & Design for the City of New York.

Open Space Lab is generously supported by the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts and an Ontario Arts Council Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects grant.

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