MITOCHONDRIA GALLERY

“UNFETTERED : A Group Exhibition”
Opening : 7 pm to 9:00 pm. Saturday. September 23rd. 

Public Viewing: September 23rd to  October 21st  2023 

Address: 2220 Commerce Street #D, Houston, TX 77002

Mitochondria gallery is pleased to present “UNFETTERED,” A Group Exhibition featuring seven visual artists that employ elements of abstraction and surrealism in their paintings to deconstruct and create forms that reflect their lived and communal experiences. The artists in this exhibition explore ideas around identity, vulnerability, folklore, and other sociocultural perspectives. The techniques of deconstruction used by the artists in this exhibition are an ode to the dynamism of their artistic process, and storytelling.

This exhibition features new works from Ferguson Amo (Brooklyn, New York), Askia Bilal (Columbia, Missouri), Kwaku Owusu Achim (Accra, Ghana), and Qhamanande Maswana (Johanesburg, South Africa) who are exhibiting with us for the first time. We are also pleased to welcome back Daniel Pengrapher (Belgrade, Serbia), Chijioke Anyacho (Lagos Nigeria), and Adeniyi Damilola (Lagos, Nigeria). 

Ferguson Amo and Askia Bilal present expressive portraits that explore identity using varying levels of minimalism, abstraction, and texture to convey the form of their subjects. Kwaku Owusu Achim and Adeniyi Damilola employ surrealism mainly on the heads of their subjects to create scenes that depict folklore, traditions, and current affairs in their respective regions of West Africa, from an ultra-contemporary perspective. Daniel Pengrapher and Chijioke Anyacho lean into expressive figuration fused with elements of abstraction to reiterate their digested views on euphoria, nostalgia, and sociocultural dysfunction. Qhamanande Maswana presents new paintings that explore the sentimental and perceived value of essential and nonessential objects in living spaces.

EXHIBITED WORKS

Kwaku Osei Owusu Achim. Pine Cone. Oil on Canvas. 59 x 59 in. 2023
Daniel Pengrapher. When do I get my flowers. Oil, acrylic, and oil spray on canvas. 2023.
Ferguson Amo. Where the sky meets the sea, Algarve. Oil on Canvas. 55 x 55 in. 2023.
Chijioke Anyacho. Boys will be boys. Oil on Canvas. 48 x 48 in. 2023.
Qhamanande Maswana. Future Preparaions. Acrylic on canvas. 34 x 37 in. 2023
Askia Bilal. Non-portrait: Black son-rise. Acrylic and collaged canvas on canvas with canvas string and tar paper. 35 x 44 in. 2023
Adeniyi Damilola. Mixed Signal. Acrylic on Canvas. 48 x 48 in. 2022.

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** Editors Note: UNFETTERED. Mitochondria Gallery. 2023