Gravity’s Rainbow

Odili Donald Odita was born in Nigeria but grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. Abstract painting affords Odita an ideal means with which to reference his dual African and American heritage. The vectoring geometry of “Gravity’s Rainbow” recalls hard-edge painting practiced by Kenneth Noland and Gene Davis in the 1960s. Unlike the purely formalist strategy of these artists, Odita invests his work with implied narratives, suggesting landscapes or, perhaps, digital spaces. His palette invokes African textiles and the distinct earth tones of that continent. Odita is a postmodernist who consciously combines lineages. By titling his painting after Thomas Pynchon’s 1973 novel “Gravity’s Rainbow,” Odita signals his interest in conjuring a hybrid identity for abstract painting.

  • 2001
  • 70 x 84 in. (177.8 x 213.4 cm)
  • Verso upper left on rear of canvas in black marker: [signature] 12/2001 Upper left on canvas overlap, running along the stretcher in black marker: [signature] 2001 / ODILI ONALD[sic?] ODITA "GRAVITY'S RAINBOW" 2001 Also, a Green Naftali Gallery
  • 2002.138
  • Purchase in memory of Iain MacPherson Alexander by docents, friends of the Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art, and Margaret, Brenden and Bruce Alexander
  • © Odili Donald Odita. Used by permission.
  • Acquired directly from the artist