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Pop-up exhibition: 12 - 13 July 2019

Private View: 11 July 2019; 6:00 - 9:30 PM

49 - 50 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 7ND

Online exhibition: 15 July - 30 August 2019

Kanbi is pleased is present Constructs & Planes, a two-man pop-up exhibition featuring works by David Akinola and Gbolahan Ayoola. The exhibition explores geometric abstraction within an African aesthetic context.

While the human figure has traditionally been the primary subject of African aesthetic, many forms of African art are characterised by their visual abstraction, or departure from naturalistic representation through innovative form and composition with varying degree of abstraction, from idealised naturalism to more simplified, geometrically conceived forms.

Focusing on the notion of abstraction within an African stylised context, the exhibition presents works on paper that take as their cue the definition of geometric abstraction with both artists using planes (two dimensional works) to present new constructs (ideas and theories) on the African experience. While these constructs are abstractions expressed in lines, shapes and colour, they are rooted in the human condition and have vital relevance for today’s contemporary society.

Free from the burden of representation, Ayoola and Akinola delve within their African experiences to express universal ideas on music, philosophy, architecture and sociology.

Download the exhibition catalogue.


Gbolahan Ayoola

David Akinola