The Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting a collection of new paintings by Odili Donald Odita for a show titled This, That, and the Other. Odita’s paintings feature neon colors and geometric shapes and patterns, with the theme being freedom of thought. Each color represents a unique thought or idea and when put together, the colors embody and unite theses ideas, and they come together as one.
Music was also a key component to Odita’s artistic process. “My exploration in considering music as a form has brought me to a deep understanding of music as a force that contemplates and explores the extremes of pathos and celebration within the human condition. This in turn is structured as concept and emotion in the paintings,” he explains.
Odita was born in Nigeria and lives and works in Philadelphia. He is the recipient of numerous awards and his work has been featured extensively throughout the country. Most notably, he was asked to paint a large-scale wall installation, at the United States Mission for the United Nations in 2011. Later that year, he converted his paintings into a series of stained glass windows that was installed at the 20th Avenue subway station in Brooklyn.
At the Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 W. 20th St., through Nov. 16. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.