Galerie Cécile Fakhoury is delighted to present (In)formal Visitation, a solo exhibition by the artist Cheikh Ndiaye from february 1st to March 16, 2013 in Abidjan
The work of Ndiaye rehabilitates not only architectural interstices, but also those between the materiality of paintwork and concept, between image and installation, between anthropology and art. His paintings can be seen as strange containers that keep the spectator in uncertainty despite their apparent realism; it seems as if their pictorial quality only refers to something that is not immediately visible.
Ndiaye observes the informal in a unique manner. According to him, this area is not a mere socio-economic survival practice, but the basis of all artistic work – it is an everyday Duchampian defamiliarization, a space where art is sutured to life. This activity is related to the peculiar survival of obsolete objects (cars, motors), which are literally brought back to life and recovered from a lethal area. The objects return to their material plenitude and project themselves into the future.