Emmanuel Ofori - Hybrid/Mixed Media Art, Sculpture, Painting
On View: Art Centro, Floor 2, 485 Main Street
Manny Ofori is a hybrid artist on a mission to create beauty from what Western culture has deemed undesirable. Born in Ghana, Manny’s art is a cathartic exploration of his personal journey, everyday experiences in both African and American culture. The artist challenges the limitations imposed by Westernization; working with inexpensive materials traditionally hidden or deemed 'less than' in Western society, such as plywood and broom bristles, Manny is able to reclaim and elevate their place in art. By combining Africa motifs, symbols, fabrics and patterns with Western imagery and ideas, in his furniture and multi-media paintings, Manny illustrates the bridging of the gap between both worlds. The final product reclaiming, redefining, and elevating "what is gallery worthy art?" a space that has traditionally been controlled by Western gatekeepers and tastemakers.