Von Lintel Gallery | Los Angeles

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce Headlines, the first solo exhibition of works on paper by Oluwatobi Adewumi.

Adewumi is Nigerian born, but has lived in Arkansas since 2018. The culture shock of conservative America inspired Adewumi to use his art to give a voice to marginalized communities. Using graphite, charcoal, paint and collage his exquisitely crafted work depicts the resilience of Black women as they push back against trauma, sexism, inequality and racism.

Adewumi states: “With every piece of art, I produce a story, an opportunity to provide history, a new voice, and perspective for my audience. I believe in using my artistic gift as a conduit to share the stories of people and places living in different societies and cultures with a new context. My practice engages in a critical commentary of the past to learn and unlearn how history shapes our understanding of the present and, in turn, impacts our perception of the future. I see and understand the world through people—their faces, expressions, and gazes allow me to represent the often- overlooked faces of Black African immigrants across the diaspora.

Nigerian newspapers shaped my early knowledge about history and race, as well as stories from my great-grandparents. Those images were rich, powerful, and heroic. They embodied so much power while influencing how I see any black man or woman losing so much of their story, which must be investigated and how we are seen by the world today. Having so much rich culture and history but dismantled and kept away for a long time led me to create elegant iconic images that show the rich practices to tell the world about the future. My art takes on reconstructing the lost story, documenting the ideals of our history. Stereotypes and myths that have been created are challenged. I create a dialogue between the ideas of inclusion, culture, dignity, and consumption. And subjectivity by addressing the left-out cultures and traditions of any black race by challenging the history and untold stories, making space for the black race to tell the world about their story and history. “

Oluwatobi is a self-taught artist. He studied Computer Science at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State Nigeria and earned a B.Sc. degree in 2010. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2012.

Von Lintel Gallery is proud to present Skywriting, the fourth solo exhibition with the gallery by Rosemarie Fiore, Bronx based painter, sculptor, and performance artist.

Over the last 22 years Fiore has continuously refined her unique Smoke Painting process, which makes use of the colored smoke contained in fireworks. To control and direct the smoke she has fabricated over 200 tools/sculptures, which range in size and complexity from a small hand-held tool to a giant 400 pound fork lift operated tool, which can hold 150 smoke bomb canisters controlled by a series of linked fuses. She uses these devices, as others would use paint brushes. They allow her to distribute the tinted smoke directly on paper, or more recently canvas.

“Wobbles, spinning on and off, in and out of control are drawn with Fiore’s singular artist designed spirographic tools. These tools engage the entire body, or many people's bodies, to move from a fixed point. Building on the surrealistic technique of fumage as well as performance artists such as Carolee Schneeman who worked with the limits of the body and drawing, chance and chaos are tandem forces in Fiore's work. She responds to the physics of the tool she has created and the limits of the smoke bombs they contain- with tube or carton once ignited has a limited amount of pigment or painting ‘time’ within it. “ - Lindsey Landfried

Rosemarie Fiore received her BA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo and group exhibitions include: Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY; The Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; The Bronx Museum, NY; The Queens Museum of Art, NY; MOCA, Jacksonvile, FL and The Franklin Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been reviewed by publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art in America, The Village Voice and New York Magazine to name a few. She is a recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Grant through Penn State University.




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