September 22, 2018 – November 17, 2018
Opening reception September 22, 2018, 6pm to 9pm
Kayode Ojo (*1990, Cookeville, Tennessee, US) lives and works in New York. Closer is the inaugural exhibition at Sweetwater, Berlin. Ojo’s previous solo and two-person exhibitions include Betrayal, Balice Hertling, Paris (2018); Kayode Ojo, Zoe Leonard, Paula Cooper, New York (2018); Running on Empty, And Now, Dallas (2018); Taye Diggs (with Winslow Laroche), Motel, Brooklyn (2017); maybe no one will notice, Guertin’s Graphics, Brooklyn (2017); you gotta keep your head up but you can let your hair down, 55 Gansevoort, New York (2014). His work has recently been featured in group exhibitions at PS120, Berlin (2018); Salon 94, New York (2018); Ceysson & Bénétière, New York (2018); Balice Hertling, Paris (2017); Martos Gallery, New York (2017); MX Gallery, New York (2017); Lomex, New York (2016); Brennan & Griffin, New York (2016); MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, New York (2015). Portfolios of Ojo’s work have been published in Studio Magazine (2018) and Texte zur Kunst (2017). Ojo graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2012.
Closer takes its title from Mike Nichols’s 2004 film, in turn based on Patrick Marber’s 1997 play, that documents the tumultuous romantic lives of Alice (Natalie Portman), Anna (Julia Roberts), Dan (Jude Law), and Larry (Clive Owen). Over the course of the film, the characters cycle between infatuation, relationship, affair, and even marriage amongst each other. For the exhibition text of Closer, Ojo has selected two excerpts from the film’s script, both of which take place in Anna’s photography studio. The title image of Closer is a film still of Larry, taken from a scene in which he confronts Anna about her affair with Dan.