Bearden 100

#87 Mother and Child - 1971-72
By Romare Bearden

Selected by Olalekan Jeyifous

Mother and Child - 1971-72

I found this piece to be particularly powerful in its thoughtful assemblage of multiple religious, cultural,and historical themes into a highly evocative, figural and abstract collage. Compositionally striking, unique in execution, and universally familiar it evokes, for me, the mythical and mundane in equal measure. I have always found artwork that effectively combines multiple allegories and social phenomena into well balanced compositions, to be highly compelling

Olalekan Jeyifous

Brooklyn, NY

“First Settlement”, Basswood, Plywood, Wood-stain, [2008] 20”x20”x16”

Olalekan Jeyifous’ artwork, which explores the histories and futures of geopolitics through an expansive approach to drawing and model-making, is derived from the visual languages found in architectural representation and is strongly rooted in borrowed and invented narratives. Like the work of other contemporary artists from Africa and the Diaspora, his drawings, digital illustrations, and wood and metal scale-models respond to the anxiety, potential, multiplicity, and ambiguity of developing urban spaces in a changing world.
Olalekan Jeyifous received a BArch from Cornell University in May of 2000. He is one of three founders of Freeform+Deform, a Brooklyn-based architectural collective as well as a practicing artist who has exhibited at venues which include The Kitchen, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Soap Factory, 2nd Rotterdam Architectural Biennale, The Drawing Center, and la B.A.N.K. in Paris.

He has received several awards for his work which include a fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts [NYFA] in the category of Architecture and Environmental Studies, an H20 International Film Festival award in the category of Freestyle/Experimental film, as well as grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Olalekan has also completed Artist's Residencies with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and NYU's Visiting Scholar program.