A while ago SVP saw an interesting work of Eto Otitigbe, which had the combination of craftsmanship (or at least the feel of it) and concept.
His project consisted of three panels with portraits of the artist.
Alle portraits look like a big woodcut, painted black.
These panels are not made by hand although it looks like they are. They are made of MDF and lasercutted with machines, and painted black.
The light on the work reveals the images cutted out of it.
Eto is wearing a hooded sweater on the images, which is a reference to the protest in USA against shootings against innocent black men.
In the USA the right of self defence is taking its turn.
The unarmed, and innocent black man Trayvon Martin, 17 years old, African American man was shot, probably just because he was wearing a hoody and the shooter felt scared.
“The linear patterns in Becoming Visible were inspired by traditional wood carvings and bronze statues from Benin, West Africa. Many of these works depict the King or “Oba” of Benin with lines that contour this face. Traditionally some ethnic groups used these lines to identify each other after they had been separated. In this case I place the lines on an image of my own face to express empathy for the families of innocent African American men who’s lives were taken unjustly.” (text from website of Eto Otitigbe )
More information about this project of Eto here.
SVP saw this work already quiet a while ago at the exhibition Trampoline presents…TRANSFORMERS: COILED POTENTIALS, of the Master programme of Transart Institute,in Berlin (Germany).
This exhibition space was tucked away in Kreuzberg, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, with a nice outside space too. Worth to pay a visit when you are in the neighbourhood!