Branded: Aboudia at Ethan Cohen (youtube.com)
Born 1983 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

ABOUDIA's multi-layered
paintings offer a simultaneaity of images and meanings that conduct a
continuous discourse with each other and with the viewer. In any glance
the eye takes in one or other layer which is soon overcome by the next.
We are aware of the vivid, brutal pageant of contemporary Africa weaving
before us like a fabric of consciousness – soldiers, skulls, African
fetishes, flashes of street life – expressed with a naif vitality.

The
surfaces deploy fragments, cuttings, from bits of comic strips, magazine
ads, newspaper images, set into the paintings' overall compositions so
as to suggest current events cohering through the imagination into a
troubled and troubling vision.

In the end though, the artist's
gift of cohesion transforms chaos into vitality, painful events to
esthetic redemption, so one is able to see the whole as a changeable
tide forever renewing hope.

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