Metal Fusion

14 September - 12 October 2013

Metal Fusion is a body of work which celebrates new expressions in Nigerian metal art, from the geometric stainless steel sculptures of master sculptor Billy Omabegho, to the symbolic forms created by carefully twisted and crocheted galvanized steel wires by Uche Peters, to the hammered and welded abstract mild steel forms of Fidelis Odogwu, to the layered metal montages of Alex Nwokolo. What is being presented is a diversified selection of 18 wall and freestanding sculptures that touch on universal themes.

Metal Fusion encompasses an intriguing range of the artists’ skill and expression including the forming, bending, cutting, joining, welding, twisting and layering of different metals such as steel, wire mesh, and metal scraps from beer and soft drink cans fusing into a carefully interwoven visual narrative.

Internationally metal art is trending. At the same time, our art has historic roots in the refined use of metals seen in celebrated Benin bronze sculptures and plaques, some dating as far back as the 13th century. Metal Fusion is a body of work that creates linkages between our artistic roots and global art trends.