AKIRASH: Ojuse – Duty

April 13 - May 11 — Dallas, TX

Ro2 Art is proud to present Ojuse – Duty, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Olaniyi R. Akindiya (AKIRASH). The show will run from April 13 through May 11, 2019. The exhibition will open with an Artist Reception at Ro2 Art’s Downtown Pop-up located at 1508 Commerce St., Dallas, TX from 7- 10 PM.

AKIRASH’s weaved photographs demonstrate the composite nature and fragility of memories. The photos contrast both monochromatic and colored perspectives. From frayed threads and captivating colors, to the meditative mix of animation and gray scale, the memories captured reveal their subjectivity and elasticity. AKIRASH’s work collectively reflects on rural versus urban life in an intricate and visceral collage of recognizable figures incorporating multiple narratives. Through his work AKIRASH brings to light the ephemeral nature of memories.

Artist Statement
My work focuses on moments of time; fleeting moments that can be easily forgotten or transformed. Reflecting on rural versus urban life, the accelerated pace of development and social infrastructure, my photographic work and performance activities play around social subjectivities with dramatic components to break down conventional barriers.

About The Artist
Olaniyi was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He earned his first BSC degree in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria (1991), and went on to study fine and applied art at the Institute of Textile Technology Art & Design Lagos (1995). He now lives and works between Lagos, NG and Austin, TX.

Olaniyi was a recipient of the Innovative Artist Award by CORE fund by cultural art division of Austin in 2018, Mid America Artist Alliance & NEA 2017, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award 2016 and 2011, the Cultural Initiative, Capacity Building and Culture Alive Grants from the City of Austin 2016 and 2017, Santo Foundation Grant 2015, and the Commonwealth Connection Award UK 2011.

About Ro2 Art
Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer’s “Best Art Gallery” and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery’s art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen.

All works will be view March 8 – April 6, 2019. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 16, 7-10 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 1508 Commerce St, Dallas TX 75201. For more information, visit, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.

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