Breach Miami

MY SUPERMAN

NATHANIEL BOLARINWA SOLO EXHIBITION

OCT 29 NOV 19 2022

BREACH GALLERY PRESENTS, “MY SUPERMAN”, A SOLO EXHIBITION FOR CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN ARTIST NATHANIEL BOLARINWA (B. 1998). THIS WILL BE THE ARTIST’S FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION IN THE U.S. AND WILL HIGHLIGHT A PAINTING SERIES WHICH DISPLAYS BOLARINWA’S BOLD USE OF COLOR, PATTERN, AND “BOTANICAL SURREALISM”. INSPIRED BY HIS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND EXPERIENCES, HIS PAINTINGS DELVE INTO THE SIGNIFICANCE OF POSITIVE CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN.

 

FOR THE ARTIST, HIS NEW BODY OF WORK AIMS TO SHED LIGHT ON THE ROLE OF MALE FIGURES IN VARYING RELATIONSHIPS THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES, BOTH ROMANTIC AND PLATONIC. BOLARINWA PRESENTS IMAGES OF LOVE AND SUPPORT – INTIMATE CONNECTIONS BUILT UPON BOTH DUTY AND RESPECT. HIS WORK TOUCHES ON THE POWER OF THESE RELATIONSHIPS BUT ALSO THE INSECURITY OF UPHOLDING THE CONSTRAINTS OF TRADITIONAL MASCULINITY. BOTH PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL QUALITIES ARE ADDRESSED HERE, AND BOLARINWA SEEKS TO CELEBRATE THE EXPLORATION OF THESE DYNAMICS AND UPHOLD THE IDEA THAT WITH PARTNERSHIP CAN COME BOTH STRENGTH AND VULNERABILITY.

 

BOLARINWA’S VIVID PAINTINGS CAPTURE THE OPTIMISM AND VIBRANT PERSPECTIVE OF YOUTH. HIS VISIONS ARE PORTRAITURE, ALMOST ABSTRACT-PHOTOGRAPHIC, WITH BOLD LINES THAT APPEAR OUT-OF-FOCUS BEHIND FIGURES IN CRISP TEXTURAL DETAIL. THE ARTIST UTILIZES HIS MEDIUM TO EMPHASIZE THE TACTILE QUALITY OF HIS SUBJECTS’ SKIN. REPLACING FLESH WITH TREE BARK AND BRANCHES, HIS CHARACTERS REPRESENT A REINCARNATION OF THE SOUL. EVOKING THE AFTERLIFE, BOLARINWA IMMORTALIZES HIS PEOPLE BY METAMORPHOSIZING THEM INTO BOTANICAL BEINGS. AS HE STATES, “I BELIEVE PLANTS AND HUMANS SHARE ALMOST THE SAME SIMILARITIES SUCH AS RESPIRATION, MOVEMENT, REPRODUCTION, UNIQUENESS, BEAUTY AND DEATH”. HIS FIGURES ARE UNUSUAL YET FAMILIAR, AS THEY PORTRAY A CONTEMPORARY SENSIBILITY OF HUMANITY WHILST RESPLENDENT IN ARBOREAL FORM.