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Eto Otitigbe installation 'Curious Industry' at STLCC-Forest Park Oct. 7 - NOv. 1

October 07, 2013

“Curious Industry,” a new installation by poly-media artist Eto Otitigbe that combines sculpture, performance and moving image, will be on display from Oct. 7-Nov. 1 at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave. It is free and open to the public.

The opening reception will be 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. The Gallery is located in the Library building (turn right at entrance). The Gallery is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, or by appointment.

The exhibit coincides with Otitigbe’s residency at the Luminary Center for the Arts, 2701 Cherokee Street, and features an interactive performance with the artist on opening night.

Otitigbe said the installation’s performance is an attempt to “illustrate the seduction of discovery that fuels his creative investigation.”

“Artists are cultural workers whose decisions and actions, whether beneficial or not, build knowledge and influence society. Various forms of creative inquiry are used to realize these end goals. I am an artist interested in building a body of knowledge around the prevention of personal loss. At times this involves protest or the creation of cultural artifacts,” he said.

“I use sculpture, performance and installation to create art that represents my curiosity and interest in race, technology, and human interaction. My work is often charged with political subject matter in response to current events or the ethical dilemmas that arise from the over-engineering of society’s basic needs like food and water,” he said.

Currently based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Otitigbe was born in northern New York state to parents from the Delta region of Nigeria. He has lived in Nigeria, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and various U.S. cities.

“I consider myself an open system in constant flux, influenced by all of these places and the people I have met. Hence my creative practice is a negotiation between the various polar regions of my identity: Nigerian-Artist-American-Engineer-DJ-Designer, to name a few. I often find ways to place my art in dialogue with itself: I extract still images from my videos and then turn them into digital prints. Or I transform two-dimensional graphics into sculptural reliefs.”

For further details, visit his website, www.etosoro.com.  For more information about his exhibit at Forest Park, contact Matthew Isaacson, gallery director, at 314-644-9018, or misaacson@stlcc.edu

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