701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents “Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence” – Reception Mar. 5, 2015

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents a solo exhibition, “Ruptured Silence”, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. “Ruptured Silence” is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt “Ruptured Silence” as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects.

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“Passing Point” by Eto Otitigbe

The exhibit is on view from Mar. 5 through  Apr. 19, 2015. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Thursday, Mar, 5, 2015, from 7-9pm. Reception admission free to 701 CCA Members; $5 suggested donation for non-members.

While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop “Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs”, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. “Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs” will be performed Mar. 27 and 28, 2015, at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on Mar. 19, 1-5pm.

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“Spray” by Eto Otitigbe

During his residency, which ends Mar. 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, “Passing Point”, for outside on the Wayne Street side of 701 Whaley. “Passing Point”, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on “Passing Point”, Sunday, Mar. 15, 3pm.

Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few.

Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003).  He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012).

701 Center for Contemporary Art is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor in Columbia, SC 29201

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

For further inquiries, contact by e-mail at (info@701cca.org), call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949 or visit (www.701cca.org).

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