Treading the line between dream-state and reality, the American photographer and A#21 contributor’s solo exhibition in New York is an ethereal exploration of our earthly existence, contemplating the duality between mother nature and human nature.
A Magazine #22 Curated By Grace Wales Bonner
Words by Chino Amobi
The clouds are moving coolly and with gentle speed.
Tinted patches of zero blue light glow hard over the horizon, A long strip is left to run from the forehead back to below his nape, held in place with cold waxy gel.
the ground effect, or sometimes compression gliding.
Twelve brown pelicans fly in formation down the coast, to the beat of boardwalk trams, in shadows, sand,
And bell call for prayer.
A young man’s sharp eyes follow the fowl in formation while engaged in a cell phone conversation. His wool cap covered with dust is clear and bright.
With freshly unbraided hair, while taking off her crisp blue t-shirt,
she opens her discerning cold grey, to the sea
and you become IT while the beat lasts,
Under green off market automobile lights.
The mind should be like this
Large tumid batik cloth, reverberating slowly in the sea breeze.
The street angels float because they are so light.
Pilots often joke that successfully landing an airplane
is just a pilot controlled crash.
A supine couple with fitted blue and pink jackets sitting on a bench are speaking and gesturing to one another but you cannot translate.
Wind playing with the group of boys in football kits selling okrika* and pure water under plastic blue vapors, above the buoyancy of the pelican flight, twelve seconds to the right of high tide infinitesimal shore evaporation loop.
You become the indigo dunes.
Dusk visions that swallow sound systems,
Inverted laughter reverses toward zero rip current,
Mumbai to Lagos, Lagos to Liverpool, Liverpool to The Hague,
The Hague to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Kingston
This aerodynamic phenomenon is very important to aerial wildlife, and it has been copied by humans.
*Okrika is an Igbo phrase which is widely used to describe cheap second-hand items sold at open spaces. Okrika may include clothes, shoes, bags, electronic devices and phones. A good number of Lagosians patronise these items because they are mostly affordable.
Following his six month residency at Arts Explora – Cité Internationale des Arts, American artist Chino Amobi weaves together experimental music, film, literature, fashion and contemporary art into an exhibition, Sextant, on show at Fitzpatrick Gallery in Paris from April 9th, 2022 until May 28th, 2022.
The A#23 curator stormed Brooklyn this season, staging the Marni Spring Summer 2023 show under the Manhattan Bridge. His embrace of unconventionality and childlike curiosity tapped into the storied bohemian past of New York, a very Marni vision of hippie modernism, and the paintings of A#23 contributor Flaminia Veronesi.
A showcase of paintings by the Spanish artist and text by Italian photo editor Chiara Bardelli Nonino featured in A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso.