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Opening Reception in the presence of the artist
4th(Fri), May, 2012. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Dates: From 4th(Fri) to 27th(Sun), May, 2012
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant, General Mathenge Drive, Westlands, Nairobi
Solo exhibition by contemporary artist Yoshinari Nishio and his artists collective, Nishio Workshop Nairobi.
The exhibition will feature a series of new works titled KANGAERU that were produced through clipping and re-composing different patterns of Kanga during a workshop that took place in Korogocho (Nairobi).
The patterns in different colors were set free from traditional arrangements and rules, thus seeking a new type of order and story by hands of the artist, or by hands of participants of the workshop.
Later on a street intervention was publicly held on Langata road(Nairobi) with street vendors referring to the catwalk of a fashion show.
The documenting photos -taken by James Muriuki – of this performance will be exhibited as well.
Lawrence Mwangi [Shabu] is a 25-year-old Kenyan artist living in Mukuru slum. He is one of the founders of the Wajukuu art project that provides Art classes to children in low incomes areas. Deeply rooted in his community, Shabu has always worked as an activist and artist, he also collaborates with the organization Art2Be working with marginalized groups using artistic and therapeutic methods to fight stigma and discrimination.
This is his first solo show. Deeply personal and at the same time very much influenced by the figure of Edward Munch in The Cry, Shabu Mwangi gives us a tale of the inside, a broken silence where the faces and the bodies do not need any narrative interpretation. The obscurity of these paintings proceeds from a personal experience and from fundamental emotions. Like an incessant path between strength, weakness and pain, these works put us in the place of the artist and the viewer, a constant reminder that our existence is very fragile.
Elaine Kehew- The Sugar Canes (Sweet Ruminations). Opening January 23 at Le Rustique. 1-4 pm
In this most recent body of work, the artist has explored the possibilities of the sugar cane from classical nature-morte to contemporary grids of linoleum stamping. Elaine was initially drawn to the canes for their formal properties: the cylindrical shape and the way the sun illuminated their segmented forms. Further observation, however, revealed a spectrum of color from crimson to chartreuse and a rich ochre in the afternoon light. The cane ends, when chopped, are circles that swirl into spirals and reveal another mystery.
Elaine Kehew lives in Nairobi with her husband and daughter. Born in upstate NY, she received a bachelors degree from the University of New York at Geneseo and studied painting at the Corcoran School in Washington DC, and with CM Dupre at the Art League in Alexandria, VA. She has exhibited several times in the USA. This is her first exhibition in Nairobi.
Featuring “Jua Kali” by Tuchangamke Group and “Voices of Another” by Jokajok.
For more information on the performances and the groups performing, click on the brochure of the event to see it in full size.