Architect-turned-visual artist Olalekan B. Jeyifous will current the 2022 Knowles Structure Alumni Lecture on the Tyler College of Artwork and Structure, Temple College, on Thursday, March 10 at 6pm ET in-person and through Zoom.
Jeyifous’s work reimagines social areas that scrutinize the connection between structure, the neighborhood, and the atmosphere, confronting social points akin to inequality, gentrification, and local weather change by way of installations, large-scale murals, large-scale public art work, and 3D pc fashions that mirror concepts about Afrofuturism and architectural dystopias.
Within the Museum of Trendy Artwork’s critically acclaimed 2021 present Reconstructions: Structure and Blackness in America, Jeyifous explored the query “What if Black Communities got the house and sources wanted to thrive?” by way of digital collage, animation, and sculpture that mixed his architectural coaching together with his inventive follow.
Primarily based in Brooklyn, he has additionally exhibited on the Studio Museum in Harlem, Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and Guggenheim Bilbao, amongst different establishments. He has spent over a decade creating large-scale public installations and was just lately commissioned to create a monument to US Consultant Shirley Chisholm as a part of New York Metropolis’s “She Constructed NYC” initiative.
Jeyifous has characterised his pathway to changing into a multimedia artist as a pure extension of the conceptual focus in his architectural training at Cornell and of growing an architectural follow that went past merely drafting and “producing design options” to making a multifaceted narrative that may clarify his design ideas.
Kate Wingert-Playdon, Affiliate Dean for Structure and Environmental Design, stated that “the arc of Jeyifous’s skilled profession as a visible artist who explores a number of intersections in artwork, design and the constructed atmosphere and their relationship to important points in in the present day’s society offers a window into the expansive methods of envisioning our environments and distinctive approaches for the instructing, examine, and follow of structure.”
Go to alumni.temple.edu to register.