DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Assane Ndoye


Barack 1 : mixed media, bas-relief in mache paper and recycled materials, 124 x 80 cm, 2013, © Assane Ndoye.
Barack City : mixed media, bas-relief in mache paper and recycled materials, 135 x 62 cm, 2013, © Assane Ndoye.

Like the surrealists were inspired by the precariousness of war to produce an art that takes its source in the found objects, Assane Ndoye did not let the lack of materials compel its creative force. While he pursued his training at the Beaux Arts, resourcefulness was mandatory. Able to see the wealth of squatter settlements, he appropriates the principle to create works whose support is not the classic canvas but paper mache - granular and impure material. This is indeed what makes the particularity of Ndoye’s art. Even the colours, almost non-existent, are the result of mastering the art of resourcefulness. They are produced from powder, adhesive resin and water. Barack 1 and Barack City are the example of his control of the real where the artist integrate in his work the notion of emptiness, absolute reference of irreplaceable absence but controllable. In Barack City for example, the notions of frame, emptiness and bas-relief, often dissociated, are allied here in order to propose a powerful work.

Assane Ndoye was born in Dakar, February 17, 1971 where he completed his primary and secondary education until Baccalaureate in 1992. In 1992, after a brief stint in the Spanish Department at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, he enrolled at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Dakar from 1993 to 1995 before joining the training department cultural activities and research trainers (Fine Arts Division). In 2000, he created with some promotionnaires a group of young interior designers. He has participated in several training workshops for children Plastic Art and framed the John F. Kennedy School Workshop "NJEGEM’art." He also participated in International Trade Fairs as SIAO (Burkina Faso), "Maison et Objets" in Paris. From 2000 to 2004, he is responsible for the Caracolo creation department.