“The Suspended Moment“, a solo exhibition of works by Ayline Olukman that were based on vernacular images found in flea markets and her own photography. The mixed media works in Ayline Olukman’s oeuvre incorporate photographs encasing a notion of time.
Merged with vintage aesthetics, these images come from a lost world of unsung characters. Still, we connect to them through a very profound and intimate fascination with these images. We go through these moments as if we belong to all of them, taking place in our own memories.
“My works portrays a carefree past—in which young people are not performing or striving, but simply larking around. At the swimming pool or the beach, they are frozen in an eternal beauty, a suspended moment”, states Olukman, “Envisioned as an indelible concept, Hollywood and golden age glamour transcends its own specific place in time, speaking of not just towards a long-gone era but the present day as well. Using archive material to create new archives, I seek to infuse the ancient portrait with new life, blurring its distance with time.”
Ayline Olukman is an artist and a writer who was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1981. She graduated from École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ESAD) in Strasbourg, France in 2005. Ayline has found her inspiration in travel and cinematography. She’s lived in various locations and now spends half a year living in New York and the other half travelling abroad. Her travels have brought her to many places around the world, such as, Japan, China, Argentina, Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Iceland, Egypt, and many more. This permanent call to elsewhere pushes her to live with fervor, fueling her artistic energy. Ayline Olukman’s work has been exhibited and collected worldwide in the United States, Turkey, France and China. She is also a published author - in 2012 she published her first book of photography “Small Eternity”, and in October 2015 Olukman joined the writing staff at French magazine NOVO. Olukman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.