How to Make Liar’s Pie,
Artist: Kambui Olujimi
at The Pitch Project
706 S. 5th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Oct. 9, 2015 – Jan. 10, 2016
Formerly included in the group exhibition Performing for Cyclops, which was on view at The Pitch Project in 2014, Brooklyn based video artist Kambui Olujimi returns for a solo exhibition to showcase his newest video work. How To Make Liar’s Pie features six constructed situations that synthesize the conventions of everyday environments and complicate the inevitability of autobiography in the 21st century. The work gains inspiration from the proliferation of short form communication, such as the classic 30 second advertisement, Twitter’s 144 character limit, and Instagram’s 15 second video limit. The videos employ an autobiographical narrative and reveal the incongruities of social, historical, and cultural tropes through an atypical narrative structure.
About the Artist
Kambui Olujimi (b. 1976) was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Olujimi is a multi-disciplinary artist who received his MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. He has also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Olujimi is an artist who works within the realm of ideas, rather than working within an exclusive medium. He often creates pieces of social commentary through mythical narratives in comparison to real life events, allowing for the destruction of identity and contemporary symbols while rearranging current ideologies in a new realm. Olujimi is interested in “the seamless process of synthesizing invisible constructs into inevitabilities. I excavate the language and aesthetics of social, historical, and cultural conventions and bring them out of the world of the implicit. Once given gravity, weight, and shape it becomes possible to reveal their incongruities and their illusory nature.”
His work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, at institutions such as the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid; Art in General, New York; the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.