Kayode Ojo’s work explores the intersection of interpersonal relations, popular culture, ersatz glamor, and mass-produced materials through sculpture, photography, and video. His sculptures take the form of ready-made assemblage, frequently constructed from glass, mirrors, clothing, and furniture, accented with rhinestone or acrylic jewelry; their shape is informed by specific events, locations, or scenes from films. Through photography, Ojo documents spontaneous moments using a 35mm point-and-shoot camera, often capturing deeply private scenes of closeness or vulnerability. Ojo typically exhibits his photographs in series, with related images selected from an archive of thousands of photographs spanning years. His cool, deliberate sculptures and candid, intimate photographs consider how the objects with which we surround ourselves, the clothes we wear, and the culture we consume affect our behavior, desires, relationships, and identity.
Kayode Ojo (*1990, Cookeville, United States) lives and works in New York. His solo exhibition Closer was the inaugural exhibition at Sweetwater in September 2018. Previous solo and two-person exhibitions include 'You dressed him like me?', curated by Gea Politi and Cristiano Seganfreddo, Via Durini 24, Milan (2019); ‘Equilibrium’, Martos, New York (2018); ‘Betrayal’, Balice Hertling, Paris (2018); ‘Kayode Ojo, Zoe Leonard’, Paula Cooper, New York (2018); ‘Running on Empty’, And Now, Dallas (2018); ‘Taye Diggs’, Motel, Brooklyn (2017); ‘maybe no one will notice’, Guertin’s Graphics, Brooklyn (2017); ‘and you gotta keep your head up but you can let your hair down’, 55 Gansevoort, New York (2014). His work has been featured in Art in America, Cultured Magazine, CURA., Flash Art, Forbes, The New York Times, and Vulture, among others; portfolios of his photography have appeared in Studio Magazine and Texte zur Kunst.