Red Escape II
Viyé Diba’s art resonates with the urban experience of Dakar while also speaking to broader themes of freedom. This work is composed entirely of items Diba found in Dakar, making the accumulated hands that previously touched these materials part of the work’s story. The piece of painted yellow wood, projecting between the seams of this woven canvas, and the abstract forms that suggest fleeing figures at the top evoke the possibility of liberation—from the plane of the canvas, from the strictures of either painting or sculpture, or perhaps from the history of Dakar itself, a former minor waystation in the trade in captives.
- Artist: Viyé Diba, Senegalese, born 1954
- Medium: Cotton strip cloth, paint, sand, wood, metal
- Place Made: Dakar, Senegal
- Dates: 1999
- Dimensions: 67 x 55 in. (170.2 x 139.7 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 2011.30
- Credit Line: Gift of Elliot Picket, by exchange and Alfred T. White Fund
- Rights Statement: © Viyé Diba
- Caption: Viyé Diba (Senegalese, born 1954). Red Escape II, 1999. Cotton strip cloth, paint, sand, wood, metal , 67 x 55 in. (170.2 x 139.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elliot Picket, by exchange and Alfred T. White Fund, 2011.30. © Viyé Diba
- Catalogue Description: A sculptural work, composed of strips of locally woven cotton cloth sewn together into a canvas, painted a rich red tone, with sand added to paint for textural depth. Six schematic shapes, of a rectangle with a triangle cut from one end, have been cut from cotton fabric and added in a row in the top of the canvas, painted yellow (a seventh shape is attached to the wood framing the work). A sculptural projection punctures the canvas at mid-level (attached to a wood cross-bar concealed in back), composed of cotton fabric and found wood, both painted yellow with sand texturing. The entire work is framed by pieces of found, weathered wood that have been assembled around the contour of the work. Condition: good.
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)