The gallery describes Ighile’s work thus: “His work is informed by a sophisticated discourse on traditional philosophical concepts, a deep understanding of the aesthetic and cultural character of the African continent as well as an invigorating inclination and facility with various materials and methods.
“By inventively handling his material with a formalist sculptural framework, combined with a highly developed experimental approach to making art, he creates work that is unorthodox, persistently innovative, and ignores boundaries between different cultural heritages and socially constructed constraints.”
Born in Benin City, Nigeria, Ighile lives and works in Brooklyn.
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The sight of President Obama’s disembodied head is a bit disconcerting. While the visual may be unsettling, Ighile, who was on hand at the Skoto Gallery booth on Thursday, said “Obama,” his incredibly detailed work composed of scraps of cardboard, is purely aesthetic, not symbolic or metaphoric.
(Ighile created a similar work depicting filmmaker Wood Allen in 2012 called “Woody Allen-Made in Africa.”)
The artist used old crates he found around Benin City to build the colorful “skirt.”