Balogun’s Current Rhythm: 11th UI Convocation Fine Art Exhibition Opens at CAMAA

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The 11th edition of the University of Ibadan Convocation Fine Art Exhibition opened today at the Cornelius Adepegba Museum of African Art (CAMAA) at our Institute.

Tagged Current Rhythm, the exhibition features recent works by the mixed-media sculptor Adeola Balogun, who lectures at the Yaba College of Technology. Current Rhythm is made up of 19 artworks, which exemplify a heightened versatility in Balogun's imagination and method of artistic production. Of the items on display, the series Drum of Honour comprises four works, the series Distorted Legacy five works, and the series The Phenomenal Factor 7 works. The three other artworks in the exhibition are Inner Beauty, Cosmic Harmony, and Defensive Stance.

Current Rhythm opening ceremony                                                         The artist engages his audience at the opening of Current Rhythm

Balogun transforms materials salvaged from the litter of daily existence into highly realized works of art that speak to that existence and the social realities that encircle it. His art reflects on the mishmash of items with which we create meanings both as individuals and as members of society, and it is grounded in an engagement with significant episodes in the historical development of Nigerian society. Also evident in Current Rhythm is a quest for harmony in the midst of chaos, as Balogun utilizes symbols, codes, and objects retrieved from the sphere of music to concretely depict this quest.

Current Rhythm CAMAA IAS
The IAS Director, Dr I.A. Jimoh, welcomed dignitaries and guests to the opening of the exhibition. CAMAA curator, Prof O.I. Pogoson, situated Current Rhythm in the context of the development of the artist and in the general context of contemporary Nigerian art in its concerns for the environment and the stimulation of an active historical consciousness. The Vice Chancellor was represented by Prof Edith Jaiyeoba, and the occasion was chaired by Dr Charles Diji Akinola, Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Osun. The Chairman, who, as the curator reminded the gathering, was a former lecturer in the University of Ibadan and an avid collector of art, commended the University of Ibadan and the Institute of African Studies for making the Fine Art Exhibition an integral part of the annual Convocation Ceremony. He commented on the socially and environmentally significant aspects of Adeola Balogun's artistic idiom, observing that he is an artist who ‘provokes us to think’.

Prof Pogoson with the Royal Fathers and the ChairmanProf Pogoson (middle) chatting with the chairman of the occasion and the Royal Fathers

Royalty graced the event of the opening ceremony, with the monarchs Oba Adewale Osiberu (Elepe of Epe) and Oba Adeleke Basibo (Alaperu of Iperu) both honouring the occasion with their eminent presence.

­Current Rhythm runs till 31st January, 2020.