Olalekan Jeyifous

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Olalekan Jeyifous

 

OLALEKAN JEYIFOUS (b.1977) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose multidisciplinary design practice explores notions of place, positioning the concept as continuously constructed rather than given or imagined. Using “borrowed or invented narratives,” Jeyifous examines architecture’s relationship to community and environment through speculative inquiries that raise critical questions and elicit new channels of dialogue. His work spans a diverse range of media, including hand-drawn sketches, technical illustrations, photomontage, animation, sculpture, and virtual reality experiences.

He has exhibited at venues which include the Studio Museum in Harlem, the MoMA, and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

In addition to his extensive exhibition history, he creates large-scale artwork for public spaces such as an award-winning installation for the Durham SmArt Vision Plan in Durham, NC, a 50ft-tall sculpture for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and was recently awarded the inaugural commission for the Shirley Chisholm monument in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, along with fellow designer, and Cornell Alumna, Amanda Williams.