El Anatsui | Blue Variation

El Anatsui, Blue Variationpigment print with hand collage and copper wire, 25 x 32 x 4


“Art is regarded as life and life is not a static thing,” says El Anatsui (b. 1944.) “[Art] should come in a form that you can play around with and manipulate and change as the location demands.”

El Anatsui rose to prominence in the 90s, subverting the notion that metal is a stiff, rigid medium by manipulating the material into soft, pliable forms that arch and curve throughout their environment.

The Ghanian artist’s Blue Variation exemplifies this creed, as the print curves upon itself, revealing an undulating fringe of silver.

Woven with recycled aluminum and copper wire, Anatsui’s iconic garment-like sculptures have been exhibited internationally, with a recent installation on the facade of the Carnegie Museum. In 2015, he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Biennale. He is the first Ghanian to receive the Praemium Imperiale.

Composed of hand-collaged paper elements and linked, like his prolific bottle cap sculptures, with copper wire, Blue Variation is notable for its unfixed orientation. Each distinct side can be experienced from multiple points of view.

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El Anatsui’s Bottle-Top Sculpture

El Anatsui- Zane Bennett Contemporary Art- Santa Fe New Mexico
Image: El Anatsui.

“I work more like a sculptor and a painter put together,” says El Anatsui (b. 1944). The Ghanian artist’s fiery wall sculpture Paper and Gold is a vibrant testament to this process. The artwork is part of his critically acclaimed “bottle-top” series, assemblages made from thousands of aluminum pieces and stitched together with copper wire. The artist salvages these materials from recycling stations in his home of Nigeria, turning humble ephemera into flowing artworks that are often monumental in size. Click here to watch a video of the artist’s process on Art21, and scroll down to view the artwork.

El Anatsui,
Paper and Gold,
pigment inkjet print with hand-cut edges,
printed and hand-sculpted aluminum collage and copper wire,
20 x 20 in.

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