Poetic Sustenance: Ryan Christopher, Miranda Forrester, Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson

15 July - 21 August 2021
  • Tiwani Contemporary is pleased to present a three-person exhibition of work by a group of new, emerging voices in contemporary art including Ryan Christopher (UK), Miranda Forrester (UK) and Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson (USA). Poetic Sustenance marks the debut showing of these artists at the gallery.

     

  • Ryan Christopher considers faith, ephemera, experience, the everyday, the hidden and the peripheral. Emerging from collective experiences and artistic practices peculiar to the African, Caribbean and Asian diaspora, the artist’s cross-disciplinary work presents chance, elliptical encounters with objects, materials, and images. In doing so, he draws on horticulture, theological anthropology, reflective film, Antillean literature, postcolonial theory to emphasise ideas around poetic knowledge, renewal, possibility, emancipatory thinking, communion and ultimately, creolisation.


    Christopher says: “We are given fragments; bodies and systems extended in relation, peripheries are made central and images remain dense with the inconspicuous and the irrational, the obscure and the ordinary. So, my work identifies with life.

  • Miranda Forrester explores the queer Black female gaze in painting vis a vis the history of men painting womxn naked. Her work addresses the invisibility of Black womxn in the western history of art. She investigates how painting is able to re-articulate the language and history of life drawing through a queer Black feminist and desiring lens. In doing so, she depicts what the male gaze may not be able to see.

    Forrester says: “My work, is a celebration of womxn’s bodies, the joy in occupying feminine identities and being in relation with one another.”

     

  • Showing outside of the United States and in the UK for the first time, Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson creates fantasy and allegory across painting, works on paper and sculpture. He draws on references including but not limited to American folklore, modernist and early postmodern art, American realism, African folk, archaeology, space exploration and colonial themes. He presents immersive, vivid worlds that are both lush and spare, ancient and futuristic, and existing in a liminal time and space. 

    Wilson says: “I don’t have any narrative goal in mind as I work, although there are characters who do reappear. More often, the story writes itself as the characters and elements are introduced. These characters, and any of the content in the paintings, are part of a language that I use to write the scene. I expect these to change and develop over time.”

  • WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION
    • Ryan Christopher, Food in Dreams, 2021

      Ryan Christopher

      Food in Dreams, 2021 Concrete, steel rod, Drawing on wood
      78 x 38 x 38 cm
      30 3/4 x 15 x 15 in
    • Ryan Christopher, The Highest Plateaus of Haiti, Where a Horse dies , 2021

      Ryan Christopher

      The Highest Plateaus of Haiti, Where a Horse dies , 2021 Image on shower curtain
      200 x 180 cm
      78 3/4 x 70 7/8 in
    • Ryan Christopher, Lorem ips, 2021

      Ryan Christopher

      Lorem ips, 2021 Pencil and image transfer on Wood
      4.1 x 4.1 x 25.7 cm
      1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 10 1/8 in
      each, series of 8
    • Ryan Christopher, The Great Game of Hide and Seek, 2021

      Ryan Christopher

      The Great Game of Hide and Seek, 2021 Concrete
      18.4 x 27.5 x 27.5 cm
      7 1/4 x 10 7/8 x 10 7/8 in
    • Ryan Christopher, Augustine Wrote the way Miles Played, 2021

      Ryan Christopher

      Augustine Wrote the way Miles Played, 2021 Seed Propagator cover, print on paper
      22.9 x 26.6 x 41.1 cm
      9 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 16 1/8 in
    • Ryan Christopher, Here, too, people are born, love and die. , 2021

      Ryan Christopher

      Here, too, people are born, love and die. , 2021 Wooden Crate, Image transfer
      29.7 x 36 x 38.6 cm
      11 3/4 x 14 1/8 x 15 1/4 in
    • Ryan Christopher, The Jordan River Song, 2021

      Ryan Christopher

      The Jordan River Song, 2021 Image transfer on Chopping Board, Paint
      28 x 28 x 1.6 cm
      11 1/8 x 11 1/8 x 5/8 in
    • Ryan Christopher, Water Jars, Augustine and Fanon , 2021

      Ryan Christopher

      Water Jars, Augustine and Fanon , 2021 Image Transfer Text on Glass Jar, Water
      18.3 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm
      7 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in
      &
      14.3 x 9 x 9 cm
      5 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #1, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #1, 2021 Oil and image transfer on canvas
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #2, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #2, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #3, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #3, 2021 Oil on canvas
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #4, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #4, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #5, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #5, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #6, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #6, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #7, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #7, 2021 Oil on canvas
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #8, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #8, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #9, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #9, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #10, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #10, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #11, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #11, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #12, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #12, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #13, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #13, 2021 Oil and image transfer on canvas
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #14, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #14, 2021 Oil and image transfer on canvas
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #15, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #15, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #16, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #16, 2021 Oil on canvas
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #17, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #17, 2021 Oil on canvas
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #18, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #18, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #19, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #19, 2021 Oil on canvas
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Miranda Forrester, Affinity series #20, 2021

      Miranda Forrester

      Affinity series #20, 2021 Oil and gloss on PVC over wooden stretcher
      41 x 31 x 3.8 cm
      16 1/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    • Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson, Sunny dance with a horned serpent,, 2020

      Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson

      Sunny dance with a horned serpent,, 2020 Oil and acrylic on canvas
      152.4 x 198.12 cm
      60 x 78 in
    • Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson, Guitar Superstar, 2020

      Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson

      Guitar Superstar, 2020 Oil, acrylic, hard pastel on canvas
      168.91 x 134.62 x 1.91 cm
      66 1/2 x 53 x 3/4 in
    • Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson, Eagle, 2020

      Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson

      Eagle, 2020 Oil, acrylic, pastel on canvas
      161.29 x 120.65 x 1.91 cm
      63 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3/4 in
    • Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson, Ritual scene with with pelican, 2020

      Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson

      Ritual scene with with pelican, 2020 Oil and acrylic on cnavas
      162.56 x 119.38 x 1.91 cm
      64 x 47 x 3/4 in
    • Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson, Launch site, 2020

      Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson

      Launch site, 2020 Coloured pencil, watercolour and ink on paper
      58.42 x 76.2 cm
      23 x 30 in
  • Ryan Christopher (b.1998, Coventry, UK). The artist is based between Coventry and London. Forthcoming exhibitions include New Art Gallery Walsall...

    Ryan Christopher (b.1998, Coventry, UK). The artist is based between Coventry and London. 

     

    Forthcoming exhibitions include New Art Gallery Walsall (2022); Coventry Biennial (2021) and Birmingham by Night, Roundhouse Birmingham (2021).

    Recent shows include in 2021: Big Screen Southend, Focal Point Gallery, Essex, 2021; Spatial Intervention, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry, 2021; 365 STATES OF A RESERVOIR (Joint Show) Arcadia Gallery, Coventry; The Mountain Garden, Herbert Art Gallery, Grain Projects (Online). In 2020: The Creole Garden Viewing, Arcadia Gallery, Coventry; Black Future, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; International Refugee Week, Online Showcase; Herbert Open, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry. In 2019: Rugby Open, Rugby Art Gallery, Rugby; A Space Between, Birmingham; IYP Bollards Project, Ikon Gallery; CWDT, Tottenham, London.

     

  • Miranda Forrester. The artist lives and works in London. She holds a BA in Fine Art Painting from the University...

    Miranda Forrester. The artist lives and works in London. She holds a BA in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton


    Recent exhibitions include Abode, Guts Gallery, London (solo - 2020). Other shows in 2020: Every Woman Biennial, Copeland Gallery, London; Top 100 (The Auction Collective), London; When s**t hits the fan again, Guts Gallery (online); Miranda Forrester & Emily Moore, Phoenix Brighton; Narrating Life, Studi0 gallery, St Moritz, Switzerland; Pending, San Mei Gallery, London; Antisocial Isolation, Saatchi Gallery, London; Begin Again, Guts Gallery, Online exhibition raising funds for The Free Black Uni; FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London. In 2019: PLOP End of residency show, The Koppel Project; Mercurial Matters: The Organic Feminine, Lock-in Gallery, Hove; How did we get here - Decolonising the Curriculum, Brighton University, Brighton

  • Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson (b.1999, Los Angeles, USA). The artist lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Animal Instincts...

    Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson (b.1999, Los Angeles, USA). The artist lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Animal Instincts at Steven Zevitas, Boston, USA (2021), Olisaemeka, Simchowitz Gallery, Los Angeles (solo - 2021).