Dickens Otieno

Mtaani

October 23–November 20, 2021

Works

Dickens Otieno. <em>Blue in a Web</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum woven on galvanized steel mesh, 69 3/8 x 93 3/4 inches (176.2 x 238.1 cm)
Dickens Otieno. <em>Blue in a Web</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum woven on galvanized steel mesh, 69 3/8 x 93 3/4 inches (176.2 x 238.1 cm) Detail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Chaos</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 56 3/8 x 70 1/8 inches (143.2 x 178.1 cm)
Dickens Otieno. <em>Chaos</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 56 3/8 x 70 1/8 inches (143.2 x 178.1 cm) Detail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Untitled IV</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 72 1/8 x 61 1/8 inches (183.2 x 155.3 cm)
Dickens Otieno. <em>Untitled IV</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 72 1/8 x 61 1/8 inches (183.2 x 155.3 cm) Detail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Scan</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm)
Dickens Otieno. <em>Scan</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm) Detail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Flowers</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm)
Dickens Otieno. <em>Flowers</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm) Detail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm)
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm) Detail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm) Detail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Selfie)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm)
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Selfie)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm) Detail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Selfie)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. Blue in a Web, 2021. Shredded aluminum woven on galvanized steel mesh, 69 3/8 x 93 3/4 inches (176.2 x 238.1 cm)

Dickens Otieno. Blue in a Web, 2021. Shredded aluminum woven on galvanized steel mesh, 69 3/8 x 93 3/4 inches (176.2 x 238.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. Chaos, 2021.
Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 56 3/8 x 70 1/8 inches (143.2 x 178.1 cm)

Dickens Otieno. Chaos, 2021.
Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 56 3/8 x 70 1/8 inches (143.2 x 178.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. Untitled IV, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh,
72 1/8 x 61 1/8 inches (183.2 x 155.3 cm)

Dickens Otieno. Untitled IV, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh,
72 1/8 x 61 1/8 inches (183.2 x 155.3 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. Scan, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm)

Dickens Otieno. Scan, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. Flowers, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm)

Dickens Otieno. Flowers, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly), 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm)

Dickens Otieno. School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly), 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly), 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. School Uniform (Selfie), 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm)

Dickens Otieno. School Uniform (Selfie), 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. School Uniform (Selfie), 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm) Detail

Dickens Otieno. <em>Blue in a Web</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum woven on galvanized steel mesh, 69 3/8 x 93 3/4 inches (176.2 x 238.1 cm) thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Blue in a Web</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum woven on galvanized steel mesh, 69 3/8 x 93 3/4 inches (176.2 x 238.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Chaos</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 56 3/8 x 70 1/8 inches (143.2 x 178.1 cm) thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Chaos</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 56 3/8 x 70 1/8 inches (143.2 x 178.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Untitled IV</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 72 1/8 x 61 1/8 inches (183.2 x 155.3 cm) thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Untitled IV</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 72 1/8 x 61 1/8 inches (183.2 x 155.3 cm) Detail thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Scan</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm) thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Scan</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Flowers</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm) thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>Flowers</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 66 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (168.9 x 144.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm) thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Paradel/Assembly)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 26 x 17 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (66 x 45.1 x 24.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Selfie)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm) thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Selfie)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm) Detail thumbnail
Dickens Otieno. <em>School Uniform (Selfie)</em>, 2021. Shredded aluminum cans woven on galvanized steel mesh, 29 5/8 x 17 x 12 5/8 inches (75.2 x 43.2 x 32.1 cm) Detail thumbnail

Steve Turner is pleased to present Mtaani, a solo exhibition by Nairobi-based Dickens Otieno that features new tapestries and sculpture made of woven strips derived from discarded aluminum cans. Inspired by Kenya’s weaving tradition and his mother’s work as a tailor, the sight of goods piled high in Nairobi’s markets, the contrast of urbanization and nature in Nairobi and the patterns of decoration that are ubiquitous in everyday functional objects, Otieno seeks to create objects of cultural significance that combine his respect for labor, skill and history with his desire to draw attention to the overlooked beauty of everyday Kenyan life. Mtaani is a Kiswahili word that means “in the neighborhood” and the works in this exhibition are from, about and for Otieno’s neighborhood.

Dickens Otieno (born 1979, Migori, Kenya, lives Nairobi) has had solo exhibitions at Circle Art Agency, Nairobi (2018 & 2020) and has had works in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania Nigeria, France and England. Mtaani is Otieno’s debut exhibition in the United States and his first project with Steve Turner, Los Angeles.

Born 1979, Migori, Kenya
Lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya

Solo Exhibitions
2021
Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Circle Art Agency (Cromwell Place, London)

2020
Circle Art Agency, Nairobi

2016
Roots Contemporary, Nairobi

2015
Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi

2014
Emerson Hurumzi Hotel Gallery, Zanzibar, Tazania

2013
Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2011
The Godown Art Center, Nairobi

Group Exhibitions
2021
I-54 Art Fair, London

2019
AKAA Art Fair, Paris
ArtX Lagos Art Fair
Cape Town Art Fair

2018
Quarry Lab, Nottingham, England
Art Dubai (with Total Art Gallery)

2017
Johannesburg Art Fair

2014
Kenya Art Fair (with The Godown Art Center)

Residencies
2019
Civitella Ranierri Foundation, Perugia, Italy

2018
Tilleard Projects Artist Residency, Lamu, Kenya

2017
Anidan Art Teaching Residency, Lamu, Kenya

2013
Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania