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“Obama,” 2010 (paper, glass, metal, leather, wood) by Osaretin Ighile on view at Skoto Gallery during the VOLTA NY art show.
See more coverage of Osaretin Ighile’s work on exhibit at VOLTA here.
In an interview on his website, Chris Gilmour explains why he uses cardboard in his work: “One of the reasons I use cardboard is because it’s so easy to find- we have an immediate access to these “re-cycled” materials in a way that could never be possible with bronze or marble. It is also free of the historical and cultural weight of those classical sculptural materials, and can offer new readings of the work.
“By using a material which everybody knows and understands, I can build on the pre-existing associations to develop ideas and ways of reading the work. It’s a way of creating a language which is understood by many.”