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A Countervailing Theory: Toyin Ojih Odutola @ The Curve, Barbican, London

Juxtapoz Magazine – A Countervailing Theory: Toyin Ojih Odutola @ The Curve, Barbican, London

A Countervailing Theory: Toyin Ojih Odutola @ The Curve, Barbican, London
“I’m attracted to the understated in art,” Toyin Ojih Odutola told us in her 2017 cover story, “moments that can be quickly passed over, but are complex and layered. There’s nothing wrong with bombast, and the maximalist in aesthetic and presentation, and I often exploit those very qualities. But nothing beats the underwhelming, the quiet, the subtle.” As I was researching Ojih Odutola’s newest show, A Countervailing Theory, on view now at the Barbican in London, I wanted to revisit how this artist’s approach so fully represents, intentional or not, the very fabric of the world in 2020. In work she christens as an “imagined ancient myth,” I marvel at how perfectly she utilizes each line in her painting and…

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