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April 1, 2020
Text: Annie Block
Odili Donald Odita Debuts New Work at Jack Shainman Gallery Spring Exhibition
“I cannot make a color twice.” This statement comes from Odili Donald Odita, whose energetic, abstract paintings have sociopolitical references. In fact, he was recently commissioned to create a large mural for the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York. He goes on to say: “I’m asking the viewer to look into themselves and reflect upon the consequence of actions relating to gender and identity.” Odita is referring to “Mirror,” his upcoming spring exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery, across town from the FFCSJ. The show is composed of a new body of work featuring more than a dozen paintings he’s done from 2018 to this year, some nearly eight feet tall. But all utilize color and pattern as a commentary on the complexity of the world—and the human condition.