An exhibition exploring the impact of human behaviour on the environment is now on display at Robert Gordon University (RGU). Ade Adesina’s ‘Heal the World’ exhibition will open to the public from Saturday, February 8, in the Aberdeen Business School and will feature a range of monochrome linocuts and etchings alive with political comment and observations. Ade, who was born in Nigeria but is now based in Aberdeen, studied Printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, graduating in 2012. Since then, he has exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy’s (RSA) prestigious New Contemporaries event where he picked up three awards and also spent time in Florence on the RSA’s John Kinross Scholarship. He is currently RSA Artist in Residence at Glasgow Print Studio.
Ade’s work is influenced by his own experiences of travel and depicts the clash of cultures between continents and climates, with landscapes often showing typically Scottish wildlife mingling with those from the African plains.
Among Ade’s work is a piece called Trumped, which shows a hotel in the middle of a golf course overrun by rabbits, while an offshore windfarm turns in the background. Another piece, Hope, features a tree growing out of an abandoned oil rig.
Ade said: “As a traditional printmaker, I work with mostly linocut and etching, combining my African cultural roots with my British culture to produce work that makes people reflect on themselves and their histories. “My work is a visual commentary around the ideas of ecology and our ever-changing world. I am fascinated by how the human footprint is affecting our planet.
“Our world is full of wonderful landscapes and I wish to highlight the continual damage caused through things such as deforestation, the politics of energy consumption and endangered wild species.”
RGU’s Collections Curator, Jane Kidd, is organising the event and is expecting an excellent turnout for the exhibition. She said: “We’re expecting a big audience of Aberdeen art-lovers to make their way to this beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition at Garthdee. Ade has won a huge amount of praise since his graduation and it is definitely an exhibition not to be missed.” The exhibition will be on display at the Georgina Scott Sutherland Study Centre, Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, from Saturday, February 8 continuing to May 2014. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 7am to 10.45pm, and 9am to 8.45pm at weekends.
To find out more about Ade Adesina, visit www.adeadesina.com or more about the RGU Art & Heritage Collections visit http://www.rgu.ac.uk/about/art-and-heritage-collections