El Anatsui at the Jack Shainman Gallery

El Anatsui is one of the greatest and most famous Contemporary African artists. His work is in the collections of most major museums throughout the world. I have been an admirer of his constructions for many years. He creates wall hangings and 3-D structures using metal bottle caps, printing plates, copper wire, as well as other recycled materials.

In the exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery titled “Trains of Thought” there is a huge wall hanging with some interesting mathematical elements.

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El Anatsui uses multiples of the same type of object and flattens and folds them into uniform geometric shapes.

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Here is a close up of a top section of the wall hanging. Using narrow rectangles of rolled metal elements he constructs squares. He patterns  the squares either with vertical stripes or horizontal stripes, creating a mathematical tiling using recycled materials.

Susan

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