Kojo Marfo: Crucible of Hope 11 October – 11 November 2023 JD Malat Gallery 30 Davies St London, W1K 4NB
On rare occasions, a contemporary artist emerges, fascinating audiences, and reshaping the very essence of our perception of the world. Kojo Marfo is precisely such a visionary. JD Malat Gallery proudly announces his latest exhibition ‘Crucible of Hope’, a remarkable milestone for Marfo, following his successful solo debut at the gallery two years ago. In parallel with Frieze Week, from 11th to 15th October, this enchanting exhibition invites viewers on an exploration into the intertwined realms of success, happiness, and the burdens that shape our very existence.
Marfo is an acclaimed contemporary artist celebrated for his unique style, which draws inspiration from traditional Akan artefacts, sculptures, and carvings that he encountered growing up. Moreover, his experiences in New York have seamlessly blended Afro-expressionism with the dynamic backdrop of the city, and where he returned in 2022 for his first international solo exhibition.
Through his thought-provoking artworks, Marfo skillfully explores the intricate nature of shared and personal human stories, with each piece carrying the weight of experiences we have lived and continue to live today. At the heart of ‘Crucible of Hope’ lies a powerful narrative that sheds light on the societal pressures placed upon us to succeed at any expense, often overshadowing the pursuit of true happiness. Marfo’s art becomes a mirror to society, inviting introspection and igniting a dialogue on the complex interplay between success and fulfilment, and how we can reach for a sense of equilibrium.
Drawing inspiration from his own experiences and intuition, Marfo showcases an eclectic range of styles and mediums in his works, adding further depth to his artistic repertoire. From vibrant brushstrokes that exude energy to new endeavours in print techniques, his artistic prowess continually redefines the horizons of creative expression. Displayed across two floors at the gallery, the exhibition offers an immersive journey through Marfo’s visual symphony, allowing visitors to delve deeper into the layers of meaning and emotions he skillfully weaves into each piece.
Kojo Marfo shares his thoughts on the exhibition, stating, “The idea is to expose and highlight the burden that our families and society place on us to be successful, rather than prioritising our happiness. It has become almost like a birthright to be successful at any expense. The intention is to shed light on these sentiments and hopefully inspire some individuals to bring about change and find happiness in our world.”
Esteemed art historian and Barbican Centre curator, Wells Fray-Smith, will lend her expertise in co-curating the exhibition, offering profound insights in the catalogue entry that will enrich the viewers’ understanding of Marfo’s artistic visions.
Following his successful debut solo exhibition in 2021, which took place at the gallery after his discovery by Jean-David Malat during the open call exhibition “Isolation Mastered,” Marfo’s extraordinary talent continues to garner widespread acclaim and recognition in the art community. JD Malat Gallery is honoured to showcase Marfo’s exceptional artworks, remaining committed to providing a platform for emerging and established artists, fostering creativity, and elevating the art world with enchanting exhibitions.
Kojo Marfo: Crucible of Hope
11 October – 11 November 2023 JD Malat Gallery 30 Davies St London, W1K 4NB
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