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April Painting Salon

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • 7:00pm  10:00pm
  • CTRL+SHFT Collective

The April Painting Salon, featured CTRL+SHFT Collective founder Megan Reed and Yetunde Olagbaju whose show, "give it to her when she's decided she knew herself...," recently opened at the space. The program began with a studio-visit talk with Megan, then moved to Yetunde gave us a walk-through of her show.  Program:

7:00pm - Doors Open (please ring doorbell for entry)

7:30pm - Studio talk with Megan Reed  Click HERE to Megan's bio.

8:15pm - Break

8:30pm - Exhibition walkthrough with Yetunde Olagbaju    Click HERE to read Yetunde's bio



Megan Reed presented her work and the movement back and forth between 2D paintings and collage to 3D sculpture over the past couple of years. She talked about the role that color plays in her work and referenced various influences including The Wizard of Oz  and how color in the film was used to inform two very different worlds for the character, Dorothy. Megan discussed how color and luscious surfaces found in consumer culture can be construed as a path to freedom...but ultimately a freedom that can never be attained. False promises lurk beneath these shiny misleading mechanisms.

For Megan, it is important that we see the handmade in her work, and that it pushes up against these illusions of the advertised world. She plays with the boundaries between sculpture and painting and often uses placement ( abandoned storefronts, the outdoors, etc.) to present something unexpected. In Megan's words, "I’m looking for ways to subvert the standard space for viewing art (i.e. the white cube) and its own association to commodity culture."

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After we took a break, Yetunde Olagbaju gave us a walk through her exhibition on view entitled, "give it to her when she's decided she knew herself...," which included sculpture, photos, drawings, journal pages,  video and murals. Yetunde describes her work as a way of archiving and discovering herself through the process of preserving and presenting her past via relationships with the women that came before her. By following the threads of her matriarch into the past, Yetunde describes the objects and photos in her family's archive as "portals" allowing her to access various ancestral paths, some painful, some glorious, and each miraculous...The show's title is in reference to a bracelet that was passed down from grandmother, to mother, to Yetunde. In this exhibit, she has created wall murals depicting various constellation filled visual portals to give viewers access points perhaps to their own ancestries. By using her family's archive as a starting part for creating work, she hope that viewers will in turn question their own past and find connections between personal histories. Yetunde seeks to find the value in all the pieces that had to come come together for her own coming into the world, in order that she and continued value in herself and in the gifts she can bring to the present via her relationships to the past. 

A short video included in the exhibition, shows Yetunde removing her braids while the soundtrack includes conversations between her mother and grandmother. You can view the video by clicking HERE. The is situated in a small room in the gallery opposite her "braid portal" wall piece. 

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