Surface Layers Evolved (and Evolving): Kubiat Nnamdie at Swampspace
Instagram can only provide us with so much raw and unbridled light and visual potency: there comes a point where a capable artist takes the reins from the hordes of self-proclaimed 'artsy' photographers floating out there in social media's hyperspace. One such metaphysical wrangler is Kubiat Nnamdie, a Nigerian-born multidisciplinary artist who makes his home in Miami. With echoes of prestigious practitioners such as Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans and Rodney Graham, Nnamdie's work acts as a peephole into sedate moments, somehow filtered through a brightly-tinted, saturated colored lenses.
His latest solo exhibition entitled Surface Layers Evolved, helmed by the Curator of the Hollywood Arts & Culture Center Jane Hart, peels back layers of stable visual perception, steering his audience toward alternate dimensions of light and texture. Whether his source material is pooled from vintage fashion magazines, twenty-year old photos of himself replicated in the present, or local landscapes drenched in blinding blues and greens, he manages to capture a sector of the imagination that processes common elements as uncommon phenomena.
Kubiat Oku Nnamdie was born in Nigeria in 1991. He attended Intuition College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire (UK). Nnamdie has exhibited at venues including the Portland Museum of Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the Hollywood Art & Culture Center, Cannonball (formerly LegalArt, Miami), and at contemporary spaces in Dallas, Madrid, Athens, Mexico City, Milan and Miami. He has been featured in the Sun-Sentinel (Broward Edition), WLRN.org, the Miami New Times and the official blog for Urban Outfitters. Nnamdie lives and works in Miami.
Surface Layers Evolved by Kubiat Nnamdie opens at Swampspace on Friday, July 26th from 7 to 11pm. Swampspace is located in the Miami Design District at 150 NE 42nd Street, Miami. Swampspace is an alternative contemporary arts space directed by Oliver Sanchez. More information can be found at swampspace.blogspot.com
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