Working between graphite, ink and watercolour, Ikhide’s focus on drawing is tied to an interest in the mark-making of our ancestors, and the affective dimensions of a two-dimensional practice.
V.O Curations is excited to mark the opening of its new site in Mayfair at 56 Conduit Street with an exhibition by residency artist, Richard Ayodeji Ikhide. Titled Future Past, this is the artist’s second solo show, following his inclusion in the ‘Zabludowicz Collection Invites’ series in 2019. Comprised of a body of new work developed during his three-month-long residency, Future Past centres on the role of heterogeneous ancient narratives in the building of a shared present and future.
Featuring five large format paper works in graphite and watercolour - the first time the artist has worked on this scale - presented alongside further new watercolour and ink pieces, Future Past is itself a process of divination. Drawing inspiration from wide-ranging cultures, such as the Jomōn people who lived in Japan from 14,000 - 300 BCE, the figures, motifs and totems that appear in Ikhide’s compositions form a system of comparative cosmologies through which to interpret the chaos of contemporary life. Each pen or paint stroke on paper forms part of process through which Ikhide accesses the metaphysical.
Until further notice, this exhibition is available to view online only. When government guidelines allow, Future Past will be open by appointment.