Adeola Balogun's exploration into the infinite patterns and forms of rubber tyres
There is a myriad of discarded objects seeking the intervention and attention of human vehicular mode through which the encapsulated potent energy in them can be properly channeled.
As a non-biodegradable material, one of these objects, pneumatic tyres, have become prevalently ubiquitous in our environment and, sometimes considered a menace. However, they have served me as a veritable ally in this exploratory body of works.
This exhibit is about an artist experimenting with tyres, not only because of its abundant availability as a non-bio-degradable material, which is a plus for a potential sculpture medium, but as a pointer to the irony of lack amidst plenty which, according to him, "is the order of the day in our society."
Infinite patterns and forms
Tyre sculpting in Nigeria was elevated by renowned sculptor, Adeola Balogun who uses old, discarded tyres to create representations of images around him. He would cut the tyres up into strips, and weave them together using all sorts tools such as axe, cutlass, knife, angle-grinder etc.
His tyre renditions are always mixed media, which means that he uses the tyre along with other materials to create the artworks. He started exploring this method in 2009 and has had three solo exhibitions with this material.
Curator: Patrick Enaholo / Emem Akpabio
Photographs: Adeola Balogun / Ralph Eluehike
Text: Adeola Balogun / Patrick Enaholo
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