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Exhibition: Pipes that Bind, Faces in Spaces by Paul Onditi, Sept. 11 – Oct. 8 2014 @ Goethe Institut
Pipes often are channels moving from the supplier to the supplied and vice versa. Some of these pipes not only supply but they actually bind as well. They need not be physical pipes – the pipes can be social, political or even economical.
The exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of Goethe Institut Nairobi work in the field of contemporary art. The aim is to work with artists from Kenya that have an advanced and innovative approach and often commission them to produce a new work. Since 2008, Goethe Institut has exhibited around 40 artists, the last being a show by Jackie Karuti.
The series continues with Paul Onditi, a former Kuona Trust resident. His work examines the cyclical nature of human experience and behavior, encapsulated in the oft-touted expression “what goes around, comes around.” The exhibition Pipes that Bind, Faces in Places explores the existence of both visible and invisible pipes round the globe that are binding in one way or the other.
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, 11th September 2014
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 7.00 pm
Exhibition: Monday to Friday, 12th September to 8th October 2014
Time: 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Paul Onditi was featured in last months British Airways in-flight Magazine, highlife as one of the four East African Artists to Buy
Six of Nairobi’s most talented artists are going to display their skills to the general public by using the Absolut bottle as a canvas, a concept that has been executed all over the world with amazing results.
Date: August 17, 2013
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 3-9 pm
Entrance*: Kshs 200
Absolute Artists: Paul Onditi, Omosh Kindeh, Dickson Kaloki, Beth Kimwale, Uhuru B & Sidney Mang’ong’o
* Entrance fee is a direct contribution to artwork for Pumwani Hospital
Exhibition Dates: July 29-August 22, 2012 [Closed on Monday’s & public holidays unless by appointment]
Contacts: 0722 521 870
Paul’s work is experimental and exciting. His materials and his concepts are fresh and ever changing, mimicking and embracing one another on the canvas. Paul works with acrylics, bleach, ink and traditional African pigments to create a combination of sober and brilliant colour which sing out in contrast and in harmony.
An Artist Presentation by Paul Onditi – Tuesday 17th January 2012 at 2:30pm at Kuona Trust
Paul Onditi was born and bred in Kenya where he studied to College level. He there after proceeded to Germany where he joined Offenbach Hochschule Fur Gestaltung.( University of Arts) .
“My work in in summary revolves around life and issues affecting it. I have come to do pieces of works that strike a balance between the old and the post modernism. This is seen in the mode of images and even color work at large. I am one artist fascinated by how changes occur in human nature and behavour. These are factor that attribute to either the good or the evil that we see today…” Paul
Dates: September 9-October 6, 2011
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant
Location: General Mathenge Drive, Westlands
Contacts: 0721 842 231/3753081
Paul Onditi was born and grew up in Kenya but left after college for Germany where he joined the Offenbach University of Arts. He sees his ways of expression as a combination of African nature and a European acquired knowledge in Arts.
His paintings take us to strange places. They would almost look scary, but in fact, an odd quietness hangs over them, a kind of dead calm that disturbs and attracts. For a long time, he has sought a way to express the human condition and its inherent conflict, deeply affected by the tragedy of the soul in the Christian tradition.
His use of black and white refers to good and evil, the confrontation between light and dark, our inner conflict: “That is the reason I paint and sculpt. I do that to capture moments and happenings in my own life, my own self”.
Uncertainty is at the core of his practice, the loss of control is an integral part of his work, his mental maelstrom does not have any grip on the rational, are we in a dream or in the lab of a crazy alchemist trying to alter our mind with his hallucinogenic vision ? These dreams are like fantasies; these nightmarish visions show that painting can still be mysterious in Kenya.