Particles in Motion - a homecoming exhibition for artist and writer Ada Udechukwu

1 May – 25 July 2021

The Wheatbaker is hosting the exhibition Particles In Motion, a solo exhibition of recent drawings, paintings and poetry by award winning, Los Angeles based, artist and writer, Ada Udechukwu. Curated by SMO Contemporary Art, the exhibition runs until the end of July 2021 and celebrates Udechukwu’s artistic homecoming to Nigeria after seventeen years. Particles in Motion draws us into a complex world of nuance, flow and depth. Her lines and voids, deeply influenced by the traditional Igbo art of uli draw from its “emphasis on brevity of statement, linearity, abstraction, and balancing of positive and negative space in composition.”

Particles in Motion is a layered fusion of her poetry woven through and around her lyrical art, demanding us to be silent, in order to feel the soft vibration of her interpretation of our complex world.

The detailed catalogue that accompanies the exhibition includes an essay written by Chika Okeke-Agulu, Professor of African and African Diaspora Art at Princeton University. It also includes a conversation between SMO Contemporary Art Founder Sandra Mbanefo Obiago and the artist.

Access the entire catalogue here.

Here Somewhere, 2020
Watercolor on paper
36 x 26 cm

A Topography of Desire, 2020
Ink and watercolor on paper
14 x 20 in

The attitude of her line has no
doubt shifted, ever so subtly, from
expressing lyrical dynamism to
insinuating containment and
fragmentation. Moreover, the
relationship of negative and
positive space has become
complicated, askew. Even so, the
poetry of line’s interaction
with form, space in these drawings is as
fascinating as ever.

– Chika Okeke-Agulu in his essay Ada Udechukwu, And The Elegant, Diagnostic Line
Read the full essay in the catalogue above.

Dark Washes Over, 2018
Ink on paper
14 x 10 in

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CREDITS

Images and the catalogue courtesy of SMO Contemporary Art.

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