'I use textiles in the same way other artists use paint, steel or marble - it is my colour palette and medium for artistic expression.’
Known for his large-scale textile installations, Abdoulaye Konaté’s first exhibition at the Blain Southern London gallery featured all his new works, which continue his exploration of formal colour composition. It was a rather colourful affair, and I do so enjoy Konaté's large scale instillations. His works are inspired by the hues found in rocks and minerals, abstract works with subtle gradations of colour and embroidered accents predominate.
Konaté’s vivid, thought-provoking installations have their roots in his Malian homeland. The materials he uses, woven and dyed cotton, are integral to the country’s culture and by extension, to his practice. Inspired by geology,
The countless strips of cotton that make up each work are hand-embroidered and stitched together so that each artwork is deeply layered and laden with texture.
I got to meet the man himself and although my French was rather poor.... it was still such a pleasure to speak with the charismatic and charming man of the hour.
ABDOULAYE KONATÉ | SYMPHONIE EN COULEUR
2 September 2016 – 24 September 2016
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