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Kambui Olujimi

  What’s Left to Burn?


May 29th – August 29th 2015

Reception: Friday May 29th2015

7pm – 9pm


The Bindery Projects is proud to present What’s Left to Burn? by Brooklyn based artist Kambui Olujimi. His first solo exhibition in the twin cities features a series of silks-screen prints, large sculptural installation and video work. Olujimi continues his inquiry into endurance and persistence amidst the tumultuous state of the nation using Depression Era dance marathons as a departure point.

 

The prints serve as a way of accessing potential modes. They map a space that otherwise could not, would not be and propose that space as one where the artist can explore the possibility of continued existence. As unrealized architectural models they occupy a possible future wherein one could present [be present] in another form. Olujimi refers to them as “visual articulations of an envisioned alternate reality ripe with the imaginable for projecting a progressive, prosperous plentitude.”

 

In the long exposure video piece bodies become reconfigured as time is distorted. Human forms emerge from what appears as fog in reverse erasure. Fade to white as opposed to fading to black, rather a fade from black a fade from white, an inverted finishing to start from invisible to form.

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He received a BFA from Parsons School of Design, an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Olujimi is an artist who works within the realm of ideas rather than within an exclusive medium. Although he has directed a great deal of work in film, his is truly a multi-media practice. He crafts potent social commentary from delicate wisps of myth and whimsy mixed with real-world narrative. Olujimi has an interest in, “transforming the mundane into legend, the absurd into custom, and the creation of icons.” In his works, the violence and destruction of identity— the grief and subsequent anesthetization of grief—become poignant symbols of the contemporary condition. Lyrical and elliptical rather than ideological, Olujimi’s art transcends the political sphere, affirming its own autonomy.

 

His work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid; Sundance Film Festival, Salt Lake City; the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and the Nasher Museum, Durham. His work is in collections such as that of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Orange County Museum of Art.



The Bindery Projects is an alternative artist run exhibition space co-founded by Caroline Kent and Nate Young. The Bindery Project’s major goal is to facilitate engaging and meaningful exhibitions that operate outside the constraints of institution and market. It exists to be a catalyst for pragmatic critical thought and conversation.

The Bindery Projects is located at:

708 Vandalia Street 4th floor Saint Paul, MN, 55114


Gallery Hours are: By Appointment Only