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Exhibition: Adrift – An Exhibition of Selected Artwork by Joshua Obaga, Jul. 24-Aug. 1 2014 @ Shifteye Gallery
Runs Until: August 1, 2014
Joshua Obaga (°1986, Nairobi) is an artist who works in a variety of media, with roots in illustration. Growing up he watched a lot of cartoons, but it wasn’t until he browsed through Disney’s illustrated copy of Rudyard Kipling’s novel ‘The Jungle Book’ that he fell in love with visual art. The use of pencils and paper to create whole worlds was an interesting prospect and took it upon himself to learn all about it.
His insatiable creative curiosity led him into alternative forms of visual arts, along the years dabbling in everything that he could, from graffiti to typography, inspired by his high school art teacher, Mungai Mburu. These various creative paths, coupled with his accidental discovery of the Adobe Suite led him into digital art/graphic design, all the while his love for art photography steadily maturing.
It was then that he found employment in advertising and found a new, more structured passion. Picking up all that he could in the creative & business experience, he eventually starting his own company.
All the while, his first love, illustration, was a faint memory (but not forgotten, much like riding a bike).
In his journey, he met a variety of creative people, most of whom inspired his different sensibilities; musicians, illustrators, ad men, fashion designers. And from those, three of his most influential were in the form of the ‘Three Js’: John Alogo, Jonah Otieno and Jim Chuchu.
Jim Chuchu (along with the staff of The Nest Arts Company) inspired and supported this project, urging him on his quest to rediscovery.
A D R I F T, a series supported by The Nest Arts Company, explores melancholy through (deconstructed) anatomy and movement. By examining the ambiguity of the melancholic self, Obaga finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a beauty that echoes our own vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss.
With the use of Indian ink, Conte crayons, charcoal and watercolor, he wants the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component, to interact with the work on an emotional level is important. By isolating the movements of the characters in a frozen, colorless moment, he expresses his inherent melancholic phases. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between movement and emotion. By putting the viewer on this track, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
Adil Roufi shows the hidden beauty behind the Arabic writing from Maghreb, knowing that it’s very different in other Arabic cultures and civilizations.
Arabic Calligraphy is written with Bamboo, and the colors used are Saffron spice, coffee, coconut and roses, as he tries to stay as close to nature as possible.
Show Dates: Thursday 13th March 2014, Friday 14th March, 2014 and Saturday 15th March, 2014
Doors Open: 6.30 PM, Show Starts: 7.30 PM
Venue: Shifteye Gallery, The Priory Place, Argwings Khodek Rd. Kilimani
Cost of Tickets: Ksh. 2,000/= per person
Bookings/MPESA: 0702024848 / Email: Sitawa.email@example.com
About “Silence is a Woman”
I have seen that if I want to write in such a way that I eject people out of their slumber, I must go where I am afraid to go. That is where the gold lies. That thing that I am afraid to face, that thing that has me triggered, spinning, pissed off, embarrassed, feeling humiliated, all those emotions that keep me SAFE that is where the gold lies.
Art Exhibition: A Fresh Perspective by Longinos Onyango Nagila, Mar. 17-22 2014 @ the Shifteye Gallery
Iroko Arts Consultants invites you to their first exhibition of the year by an unknown but vastly talented artist LONGINOS ONYANGO NAGILA at the Shifteye Gallery from 17th to 22nd March 2014. Take a peek at Longinos’ controversial and subversive paintings here.
Longinos was born in Kenya in September 1986 into a Catholic family. He grew up, filled with religious fervour and determined to join the seminary. In 2009 he travelled to Italy to start his journey to priesthood after completing his art education, a passion he wanted to expel before taking the cloth.
However an incident he witnessed at the doors of Vatican disabused him of this notion: he saw the Vatican police remain impassive as Senegalese immigrants were callously treated by State police. It seemed to him to make a parody of the very premise of Catholicism which in his naivety he had believed was to defend the defenceless.
In this cathartic moment he saw the collusion of church and state to oppress, repress and segregate the people. His belief in the church died abruptly but his faith in Christ remained intact. In the subsequent years he travelled frequently to Italy and grew in his belief that geography was indifferent to some unpalatable truths.
In this his debut exhibition in Kenya, Longinos further explores the relationship between church, state, society and the individual. He examines the themes of oppression including self-imposed (psychological) prisons which he deems are more powerful than any physical imprison; constructs that stop us even from dreaming.
In 2013 he did a film course in Italy where he studied the works of Alfred Hitchcock; he was fascinated by Hitchcock’s subtle approach to horror which he freely admits has impacted on his creative output.
Longinos speaks English, Swahili, Luhya and Italian fluently.
His exhibition experience includes a joint art exhibition at the Museo Africano Verona, Italy, 2012-2013 and a 2009 Solo exhibition at Galleria Grifone in Lecce, Italy.
Between 2007-2009 he did a diploma in Drawing and Painting at Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts in Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2010-2011 he worked on Art projects with children at the Nairobi Children Remand including in May 2010 working as a research assistant for Professor Andy Pneiffner of Moody University, Chicago to collect information on issues affecting young people in non-formal settlements of Nairobi. The research was conducted in the slums of Korogocho, Kariobangi, Huruma, Mathare and Majengo.
In 2011 he contributed to and edited photos for a photo journal called SANAA ZETU, published by Seismic Limited under the sponsorship of UN-HABITAT.
Longinos is actively involved in radicalising art communities from grassroots up and is a member of several organisations including being co-founder of CREATIVE CAFE, an art collective that organizes talks in the community bringing diverse artists together every month as well as co-founder of HUIPALAS ASSOCIATION KENYA.
Finissage: January 25, 2014 from 4-7 pm
For more info: http://shifteyegallery.com/