Cutting, drilling, stitching and melting found materials, Clottey's sculptural installations are bold assemblages that act as a means of inquiry into the languages of form and abstraction. Utilising flattened Kuffuor gallon, jute sacks, discarded car tires and wood pieces, he forms abstract formations onto which he inscribes patterns and text. In doing so, he elevates the material into a powerful symbol of Ghana's informal economic system of trade and re-use.Read More
While some surfaces resemble local textile traditions such as Kente—a key reference in west African Modernism throughout the 20th century - others refer to barcodes and feature Chinese characters in reference to the emergence of new power structures in Ghana. In Clottey's drawings, the artist explores a formalist approach, depicting disjointed figures and faces, not unlike the visions of nude women under Cubism, a European movement which drew heavily from traditional African tribal sculpture.
Text courtesy Gallery 1957
Fifteen artists are exhibiting works in the Saudi Arabian desert at this year's Desert X AlUla, which runs from 11 February to 30 March 2022. They were asked to explore ideas surrounding oases and illusions under the theme 'Sarab', Arabic for mirage.View More Ocula News Desert X AlUla Unveils Artists for Second Edition Riyadh, 19 January 2022
Alicja Kwade and Claudia Comte are among the 15 artists who will show in Saudi Arabia next month.Read More