Surrealist Narratives of Edwin Boye
Artworks on display challenge viewers to explore untamed thoughts while mentally processing the images
by John Owoo
An exhibition of works by Ghanaian surrealist Edwin Boye that combine elements of traditional photography with digital manipulation that result in unique / striking images is currently underway at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.
Opened by the Ghanaian artist / writer Bernard Asihene, images on display challenge viewers to explore untamed thoughts while mentally processing the works, which transfigures ordinary scenes into dreamlike and fantastical ones.
Also known as Mad Creative, he is particularly known for his ability to capture the energy and spirit of people and places while infusing subtle comments on time, education, life sequences, dreams, joy, balloons and extra-terrestrial life.
Titled “Science of My Untamed Thoughts”, Mad Creative makes an effective use of lights, darks and shadows while managing to balance the coherent vision of life with that of the abstract while balancing the conscious with the unconscious, dreams with reality and conventional with the non-conventional.
He transcribes his imagination into digital artworks and creates dreamlike images, which unveil the subconscious as well as share narratives that encourage better conditions for blacks. Employing digital tools, he leaves little details in his visuals that reflect thoughts, impulses, emotions and memories.
Largely a self-taught artist, Mad Creative was educated at the University of Professional Studies in Accra where he graduated with a Diploma in Marketing and has collaborated with diverse artists from Ghana and beyond while participating in projects initiated by Berg Gallery in Accra.
Sponsored by Goethe-Institut Ghana, the exhibition ends on Tuesday February 28, 2023.