By Osa Mbonu-Amadi
All is set at the Artyrama Popup Gallery for the exhibition of the works of a multi-disciplinary artist, John Madu, titled Identity Tones. Madu’s works are represented in iconographic symbols, texture, colours and indigenous patterns. His is influenced by the philosophy that true art is based on a chain reaction to socio-economic issues and the artist’s immediate environment.Identity Tones is a collection of Madu’s most recent work in which he contemplates the effect of globalization on African identity using collages, portraiture, figurative symbolism and mixed media to bring it to life. The eclectic mix of source material is influenced by pop culture, African art history, music and life experiences.
Speaking on the collection, Madu said “My works reflect the time we live in. The spread of popular culture via social media has created an increase in cross-cultural contacts which is a good thing, but original cultural practices can be lost in the process. Identity Tones captures how I interpret this new state of consciousness in this work.”
Madu has had two solo shows and has participated in group shows across the country. The exhibition, scheduled to begin on 17 August with a one-hour fireside chat with the artist will hold at the Artyrama Popup Gallery, 1b Alhaji Masha, off Ademola Street near Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos.