By John Owoo
At large in Takoradi
A captivating art book by the Germany based Ghanaian painter Bröther Owusu-Ankomah was last week launched at the Atlantic Hotel in the oil city of Takoradi.
Titled “Microcron Begins” the 304-page book, which is replete with over one hundred images and essays from academics / artists, make a social, spiritual and philosophical foray into the work of Owusu-Ankomah.
Papers by Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju (an expert in Comparative Criticism), Gerard Houghton (Art Critic / Videographer), Hans-Werner Kalkmann (Author / Curator), Moyo Okediji (Professor of Art / Art History), Rikki Wemega-Kwawu (Artist / Writer) and Owusu-Ankomah are without doubt packed with valuable, stimulating and challenging information.
An ambitious / thought provoking book, “Microcron Begins” raises immense arguments, issues and tough questions – and is loaded with enormous quantities of material – nevertheless, one can make a coherent comprehension of the subject, which is wide and extensive.
Indeed, this beautifully illustrated book takes the reader through the intricacies of “Microcron” – such as a symbolic language that visualize the inexplicable, a mystic quest through a multi expressive form of performative criticism and the new human in Owusu-Ankomah’s work.
“Microcron Begins” is a magical jamboree of visual images, ideas and philosophy that culminate in technological, spiritual and metaphysical reinforcements. Undeniably, Owusu-Ankoamh undertakes a mute journey through space and time while making a bold and continuous presence.
Simultaneously spiritual and scientific, Owusu-Ankomah’s works comprise magnificent circles that glow with controlled intensity, nude muscular figures and symbols that radiate an ambiance of energetic calm. Indeed, they are replete with a symbolic language that simply enthralls the viewer with its multifaceted messages.
Resolutely pictorial, he does not excavate his canvas to lodge in sculptures or splash it with sand and other materials – he simply paints – and the emerging result is surreal, consistent, geometric and expressionistic.
The book was published in Germany by Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth eV with support from Landschaftsverband Hildesheim eV, Kulturbeirat der Stadt Bad Salzdefurth, Landkreis Hildersheim, Quensen Druck + Verlag GmbH & Co KG and Hamo-Wille – Visuelle Kommunikation – all in Germany.
Georgina Bus-Kwofie, a retired educationist, launched “Microcron Begins”. Present at the ceremony was Papa Owusu-Ankomah (younger brother of the artist), a former Attorney General / Minister for Justice and current Member of Parliament for Sekondi.