El Anatsui and Georgina Maxim

Saw El at Biennale and was over the moon to walk into NCMA and find that our state is now home to a great piece of his- his modality is similar to Elias Simes, another great hailing from Africa which NCMA has included in the permanent collection. Georgina is also an African artist, who’s work is included because, like El, it reminds me of another artist (Al Loving). Juxtaposing is fun.

#elanatsui

#georginamaxim

Elias Simes

Glad I went to see the O’Keefe show at NCMA because I discovered they’ve also got a huge piece from Elias Sime’s show at James Cohan in 2015 (Tightrope 9)- it’s pretty spectacular if you haven’t seen it yet. The composition is clearly non-representational- abstract if you will- but his use of computer parts (and the social and cultural context for the acquisition of the materials) clearly carries a rich depth of content. Even more interesting to me was the conceptual bent he shared with O’Keefe and they both shared with their subject matter- the materials they make work about and from have a visceral attraction for both that comes through loud and clear. Check out his bio for more of this type of color on this amazing artist.

#eiliassimes