Olalekan Jeyifous: Process and Practice: Imminence and Immanence

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A futurist graphic rendering located within Brooklyn, NY, consisting of a series of buildings intertwined with trees and various plant life.

Crown Heights Bodega EcoHaven. photo / provided


Olalekan Jeyifous (b.1977) received a bachelor of architecture from Cornell University and is a Brooklyn-based artist and designer whose work often re-imagines social spaces around issues that explore the relationship between architecture, community, and the environment. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the MoMA, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

He was named one of the 2020 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League and has received a number of grants for his artwork, such as a fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. He has recently completed artist residencies with the Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program, and he was a Wilder Green Fellow at the MacDowell Colony.

In addition to his extensive exhibition history, Jeyifous has spent over a decade creating large-scale artwork for a variety of public spaces. He was commissioned, with collaborator Amanda Williams, to create a monument for Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm as part of the City of New York’s “She Built NYC” initiative. His banner wrap for the Corcoran Garage in Durham, North Carolina received the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review Award in 2019. He has also created a 50ft-tall sculpture for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and 4 large sculptures for Public Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Introduction by Val Warke

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