Olayami Dabls: Normal Nudity

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In 2011, Olayami Dabls began working feverishly on a series of figurative watercolors, all depicting nude figures. He painted as many as 75 of them before the project abruptly ended. The work remained unseen and stacked in the basement studio of the Bead Museum. A year later, one billionaire businessman, who was taking an art tour of Detroit, dropped by. On the spot, Luciano Benetton bought ten. Despite the success of the sale, no one has seen the work for years. Until now! Public Pool is pleased to have the opportunity to show Dabls’s figurative works on paper!

The images are strong and gestural, contorted yet beautiful. “The big curves hold your emotions longer,” says Dabls. They are a significant departure from his public art installations, which use nails, rock, cement, and broken shards of mirrored glass with such titles as “Iron Teaching Rocks to Rust.”

Dabls is most well known for his renegade sculptural work on the city block flanking The Bead Museum, where he has covered several buildings with mosaic representations depicting a series of African alphabets and symbols, transforming blank walls into spectacular, monumental works of art.
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