Free, no booking required.
This summer, artist/designer Yinka Ilori’s first public realm artwork, Happy Street – commissioned by Wandsworth Council in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture – will transform the railway bridge on Thessaly Road in Nine Elms.
In anticipation of the bridge’s completion, Types of Happiness is a new solo exhibition by artist Yinka Ilori, inspired by the 16 different types of happiness incorporated into his Happy Street bridge artwork. A rollercoaster of emotions is expressed through the colours and patterns carefully painted on each of his bespoke chairs. Each unique piece of furniture is intended to evoke a different type of emotion or feeling. Visitors are encouraged to look beneath each chair to discover the type of happiness which inspired its creation.
The exhibition also features a scale model of the bridge design and a large-scale drawing of Happy Street, coloured in by Ilori and members of the local Nine Elms community which will go on show at the Happy Streets festival on 13 July.
London-based artist Yinka Ilori specialises in telling stories through furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal tradition into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.
Open 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
StudioRCA, 1 Riverlight Quay, London, SW8 5AU
Start date: 08/05/2019
End date: 23/06/2019
Open from 12:00 to 18:00