Inner Sanctum: A Sculpture Exhibition by Olalekan Jeyifous

Inner Sanctum by Nigerian born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer Olalekan Jeyifous is on display from December 1 through January 15. This piece is part of a series of his works examining architecture and its relationship to place, community and environment. Hear Jeyifous speak about his work at A/D/O on December 11. Learn more here.


Inner Sanctum re-imagines an ever-evolving Brooklyn residential life with an air of menace, fantasy and whimsy. The ornate sculpture, resembling a gilded birdcage, invokes the aspirations of Brooklyn’s emerging luxury developments while simultaneously examining their detachment from the larger communities in which they reside. As such, the work creates an evocative yet uneasy tension between the beauty of the verdant organic forms, dense architectural patterns, ominous surveillance cameras, and implied inaccessibility of the suspended sculpture.

Inner Sanctum was initially exhibited in a storefront window located at 80 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn and commissioned by BRIC and Forest City New York.


Olalekan Jeyifous’ artwork is strongly rooted in “borrowed and invented narratives”. More often than not these narratives explore comprehensive constructions of urban Utopias/ Dystopias that deal with the interstices of architecture, emerging technologies, and culture; anchoring them with a direct relevance to contemporary social issues in ways that communicate their participation in, and alienation from the larger world. As a Nigerian-born, U.S. citizen, his formative years were marked by constantly moving and perpetually adapting to new places, and his work often responds to either the anxiety or potential of these spaces, and how one navigates, maps, and perceives them.

As a means of articulating these narratives, his creative process regularly combines digital illustration and 3D computer modeling with photographs, hand-drawing, and collage, in order to produce detailed yet whimsical illustrations, photo-montages, 360° VR experiences, adaptable and mobile architectural sculptures, and large-scale public installations.

Saturday, December 01, 2018
10:00 am

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