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Out of Town: Theatre from Argentina on a Tour Around the World, Oct. 15 2016 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

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Date: October 15, 2016
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Adults KES 700, Children KES 350
Info/Reservations: 0721 609 601

October 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Traces with Ann-Kristin Källström & Wycliffe Opondo, Until Oct. 20 2013 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Traces
TRACES: 2 PRINTMAKERS IN NAIROBI

Dates: Until October 20, 2013
Venue: Le Rustique:

Ann-Kristin Källström
Born 1958 in Stockholm, Swedish artist Ann-Kristin Källström has had exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, Italy, USA a o. Recently, she has spent a 2 months recidency at Kuona Trust Art Centre, Nairobi where she gave a serie of printmaking workhops and made several researchs with found objects letting her to improvise and produce prints from the locally available resources. Through her walks, Ann-Kristin started to collect objects in the streets of Nairobi that captured her imagination and curiosity and created prints using the shape, volume and forms of these found/garbage objects.

The result of these experimentation is exceptionnal. These delicate and exquisite prints using the intaglio printmaking technique whith fabric from the Toi market (Kibera) tells us something about where we live and who we are. They are infinite marks of everyday objects inscribed in the past, they are in their fragility and mortality indirect traces of our beings.

WYCLIFFE OPONDO
Wycliffe is a self-taught artist from Nairobi. He participated in a number of exhibitions, workshops and exchanges including Sweden. For the past several years, he has been learning and using various printing techniques and became one the most skilled Kenyan artist in this field.

The images shown here are inspired by the period when the artist lived and worked in Kibera. The railway was his favorite since it symbolizes the irony of straight parallel lines cutting right through the organized chaos that makes up the slum of Kibera. These refined works shown at Le Rustique capture the environment of the people within Kibera in a very subtle way. A place that, despite many challenges, has its concealed beauty.

September 13, 2013 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Art exhibit: Traces, Sept. 1 – Oct. 20 @ Le Rustique

Traces

Ann-Kristin Källström
Born 1958 in Stockholm, Swedish artist Ann-Kristin Källström has had exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, Italy, USA a o. Recently, she has spent a 2 months recidency at Kuona Trust Art Centre, Nairobi where she gave a serie of printmaking workhops and made several researchs with found objects letting her to improvise and produce prints from the locally available resources. Through her walks, Ann-Kristin started to collect objects in the streets of Nairobi that captured her imagination and curiosity and created prints using the shape, volume and forms of these found/garbage objects.
The result of these experimentation is exceptionnal. These delicate and exquisite prints using the intaglio printmaking technique whith fabric from the Toi market (Kibera) tells us something about where we live and who we are. They are infinite marks of everyday objects inscribed in the past, they are in their fragility and mortality indirect traces of our beings.

WYCLIFFE OPONDO
Wycliffe is a self-taught artist from Nairobi. He participated in a number of exhibitions, workshops and exchanges including Sweden. For the past several years, he has been learning and using various printing techniques and became one the most skilled Kenyan artist in this field.
The images shown here are inspired by the period when the artist lived and worked in Kibera. The railway was his favorite since it symbolizes the irony of straight parallel lines cutting right through the organized chaos that makes up the slum of Kibera. These refined works shown at Le Rustique capture the environment of the people within Kibera in a very subtle way. A place that, despite many challenges, has its concealed beauty.

August 29, 2013 at 9:32 am 1 comment

Exhibition: Synthesis – Remixing Locality, May 25 – Jun. 26 2013 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Synthesis remixing locality
Art Nairobi and Le Rustique are delighted to exhibit Synthesis: remixing locality by 3 artists from Namibia, Finland and USA.

Opens at Le Rustique restaurant on May 25, 2013
Exhibition Dates: Until June 26, 2013

Exhibiting Artists: Nicky Marais – Namibia, Mikko Ijas – Finland and Andries Fourie – USA

Nicky Marais
Nicky Marais is a Namibian painter and mixed-media artist. She employs a vocabulary of abstract forms and colour relationships that originate primarily from the Namibian landscape. Her paintings evoke a variety of geological landforms, plants as well as the material culture of her arid, sparsely populated and ruggedly beautiful homeland.
Nicky Marais is a Namibian artist, activist and educator who lives in Windhoek, Namibia, and heads the Visual Arts Department at the College of the Arts.

Mikko Ijas
Mikko lives and works in Helsinki. The means this artist uses to execute his drawings is everything but traditional. By combining the disciplined observation and skill of a traditional draughtsman or painter with the capabilities of contemporary digital equipment and technology (ipad), Ijas produces luminous and colorful drawings that are new and familiar at the same time. In his drawings, Ijas balances an interest in perception and realism with meaningful, productive distortion. In doing so his work is in dialogue with the history and traditions of painting while he also acknowledges the influence of contemporary artist like David Hockney, who explores similar interest in drawings on hand-held electronic devices. Written by Andries Fourie

Andries Fourie
Ancestral Voices: From Slaves to Matriarchs
This body of mixed-media works on paper addresses the role of South and Southeast Asian slave women, transported to South Africa by the Dutch in the 17thand 18th century, in shaping Afrikaans language, culture and identity. The aim of this work is to acknowledge this painful history, and to celebrate the diverse, non-western roots of Afrikaans culture.
While the work examines the influence of slave women in general, it also does so by focusing on the lives of two of the artist’s own slave ancestors: Ansela van Bengale and Catharina van Palliacatte.
Andries Fourie was born in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa in 1968. His work deals largely with contemporary and historical aspects of South African culture. In 1989, he immigrated to the United States. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Willamette University in Salem Oregon, where he teaches sculpture.

May 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: by Lawrence ‘Shabu’ Mwangi, Apr. 25-May 24 2013 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Shabu mwangi
Art Nairobi and Le Rustique are pleased to welcome ‘Shabu’ Mwangi 2nd solo exhibition.

Dates: 25th Apr-24th May 2013
Venue: Le Rustique

Born in 1985, the artist lives in Mukuru slum. Deeply rooted in his community, Shabu has always been working as an activist and artist, he is the co-funder of Wajukuu art center and is a member of Art2Be, an organization improving the lives of marginalized groups using artistic and therapeutic methods.

Most of Mwangi’s works are moments, which passed without any acknowledgement from within the system and in public view.
It is his reaction on behalf of the minority who exist in the absence of the majority.

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 beauty and the importance of these works proceed from a personal experience and from fundamental emotion, these are shades of light and dark. 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 questions related to our existence are fundamental.

April 26, 2013 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Close Encounters by D. Webster, D. Otieno & F. Wangui, Mar. 22 – Apr. 25 2013 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Close encounters
Close encounters an exhibition by Dale Webster, Dickens Otieno & Florence Wangui

Dates: March 22 – April 25, 2013
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant

March 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Chalk on Wood by Jan Van Esch, Feb. 15-Mar. 14 2013 @ Le Rustique

Chalk on Board
JAN VAN ESCH | CHALK AND WOOD

Opening: February 15, 2013
Time: 6-9 pm
Venue: Le Rustique

Exhibition Dates: Until March 14, 2013

February 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Matatu Project in Movement by Dennis Muraguri & Nishio Workshop Nairobi, Dec. 7-15 2012 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

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Opening Date: December 8, 2012
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant
Time: 4-6 pm

Exhibition Dates: December 7-15, 2012

The transport industry and culture of Nairobi, especially Public Service Vehicles such as matatus, buses and human transporters, is very unique and gives interesting inspiration not only sociologically and economically but also aesthetically.

In this exhibition, Kenyan artist Dennis Muraguri has created new wood cuts inspired by matatus while Nishio Workshop Nairobi, an arts initiative unit consisting of Yoshinari Nishio, Sakiko Nishio and David Wagude in collaboration with Jua Kali artisans will show, as part of their new public art project “Bebabebag”, unique-shaped bags made from the very same materials used for seat covers in matatu, reflecting various shapes of loads human transporters carry on the streets everyday.

For more information visit: Nashio Workshop Nairobi website

December 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: In Silence by Xavier Verhoest, Oct.13- Dec. 5 2012 @ Le Rustique Restaurant


Le Rustique welcomes you to an exhibition In Silence by Xervier Verhost

Opening: October 13, 2012

Exhibition Dates: October 14, 2012 to December 5, 2012
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant

October 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Ephrem Solomon from Ethiopia, Sept. 15-Oct. 17 2012 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Ephrem Solomon
Born in Addis Ababa in 1985 and specialized in traditional print making, Ephrem graduated from Entoto Art school in 2009.

Common to the various types of work he engages in, is a deep commitment to the traditions of descriptive painting. He likes to focus on subject matter that defines our time: our living conditions and the cultural environment that surrounds him.

The first group of work in this exhibition includes religious themes or stories from the Bible or from the *Kebre* *Negist*, an addendum to the Bible used in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The second group is made of woodcut depicting chairs which are put together as if they were interacting socially and conveying a social and political meaning. There are two readings one of peacefulness and the other a reflection on absolute power. Chairs to sit on and chairs to reign from.

In a world where newness has become a value in and for itself, we are moved by these works that provide alternative readings and provoke questions on representation, history and memory. Ultimately, they go back to a very strong tradition while embodying something that is currently relevant.

September 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

Art Exhibits: Recent Sculptures by Alex Wainaina, Aug. 5-Sept. 6 2012 @ Le Rustique Restaurant


Dates: August 5- September 6, 2012
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant

About
Alex Wainana is a self taught artist and has been doing sculptures for the last 12yrs. Hooked up in art by Gallery Watatu former manager Ruth Schaffer, she encouraged him when she saw one of his first small metal sculpture. It was his turning point and since then, he has been growing into one of the best junk metal sculptor in the region.

With a touch of humor, Alex manages to blend elements of African culture and environment. Alex uses only recycled material found at junk yards, he breathes life into recycled metal in a most creative way.
His work mostly depicts color earth ranging from animal heads, fishes, insects and sometimes Jesus Christ!

August 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Matatu Project by Dennis Muraguri, Jan. 13-Feb. 22 2012 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Born in 1980, Muraguri has a Diploma in Painting and History of Art (Graduating top of Class) from Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts, Nairobi. This collection of wood cuts is his first solo show in Kenya.

Matatus are a constant sight in Kenya and an icon of all its cities and towns. As well as being the main mode of transport, they also provide ‘street theatre’ especially when running from the police and at the same time as competing for customers!

There is also a creative side to the matatus . This involves “souping up” or upgrading the bus to attract more customers using heavy decorative paintwor k, stickers and labels derived from current local and international brands mostly in the entertainment industry, loud music and plasma screens. These kind of matatus are called “manyangas” and are most notorious for wreckless driving and overcharging.

“As an artist, I have been wanting for some time to do a body of work on the matatus: they are exciting to watch, especially the drama that surrounds them, the fact that they feed a lot more people than those directly involved through extortion and bribes, their relationship in our society shows how they have evolved to beat the law, is all fertile creative territory for me.”

January 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Jan Van Esch, Oct. 7-Nov. 10 2011 @ Le Rustique Restaurant


Opening: October 7, 2011
Time: 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: October 8-Nov. 10, 2011
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant
Location: General Mathenge Drive Westlands
Tel: 0721 842 231

One day a leaf came into my life. It fell off a tree in my garden. And I liked the leaf. Dry as it was, it was still full of form.  Strange to start to like a leaf, and even stranger to feel I was betraying it when another one was found. But it liked being drawn and I liked drawing it, over and over again as if creating my own mantra. That became the start of this series; leftovers from trees – leafs, branches, flowers – are portrayed on existing patterns. Similar patterns on different surfaces do become different things. I gave myself the task to work with dictated surfaces to see how similar patterns became combinations, or not. In the end a white background became a deliberate choice, making a white background a pattern by itself. Ideas, hand movement, memories, preferences and limitations are always there, because a blank slate doesn’t exist.

October 4, 2011 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Paul Onditi, Sept. 9-Oct. 6 2011 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

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.

September 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm 1 comment

Photo Exhibition: The View from Manda, Aug. 2-31 2011 @ Le Rustique Restaurant


A photo exhibition by Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann

Opening Date: August 2, 2011
Time: 6.30pm
Dates: August 2-31, 2011
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant

The images on exhibition were taken in July 2010 at The Sundance Institute’s first ever East African Theatre Lab on Manda, in Lamu, Kenya

In April 2011, this series was exhibited in New York at MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary Africa Diasporan Arts)

This exhibition will be introduced by Roberta Levitow of the Sundance Institute.

A reading by Sitawa Namwalie (of Cut off My Tongue and HomeComing) will follow of THE Black Maria. This piece was conceived at the Sundance Theatre Lab

July 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: Women? Jun. 18-Jul. 19 2011 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Dates: June 18-July 19, 2011
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant
Location: General Mathenge Drive, Westlands
Contacts: 0721 842 231 | 3753081

Works by: Kavita Sagar, Sidney Mangongo and Thom Ogonga

Sidney MANGONGO
Born in 1983, Sidney lives with his mother in Kibera (Nairobi) and has over the last months shown a growing interest in painting, collage, and a practice based on founded images. Patiently, he spends hours flipping through magazines and cutting images that resonate in his psyche. It is a playful practice of combining images and texts that become meaningful once put together. What others see as lost material, he sees as found material which becomes his interest with this question in mind: who has access to information and how does it influence our perception of women in our society?
This is his first time to exhibit work.

Kavita SAGAR
Kavita is based in Nairobi since 2009. She is inspired by the rich and colorful cultural past and present from her region Rajasthan. Her paintings for this exhibition capture the moods of the ocean and she relates this to the upheavals of life. At times calm and peaceful, this series of paintings capture the painful, powerful and unpredictable position of the woman in her society and the way she is perceived. Her paintings are abound with distorted human figures.
She has a Master’s Degree in Drawing & Painting from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University Udaipur in 2004, and is currently doing a research in paintings for her PHD in post modernism and contemporary Art of Rajasthan.

Thom OGONGA
Born, raised, schooled and working in Nairobi, Thom is a self-taught artist whose specialty is in painting, printmaking & has recently ventured into experimental photography.
He is inspired by fashion, music, and urban lifestyles and is even more fascinated by the controversial city nightlife. All the activities that color the night excite the artist in him and feature prominently as the core theme of his work.
He has exhibited widely and featured in various public art projects, workshops & residencies both locally and abroad.

June 21, 2011 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Kamal Shah Recent Paintings, Nov.5-Dec. 2 2010 @ Le Rustique

Opening Friday 5th November 2010
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant (General Mathenge Drive, Westlands)
Time: 6-9pm

Kamal Shah
Recent Paintings
Exhibition runs from November 5 to December 2, 2010

More info Tel: 0721-842 231, 3753081

November 2, 2010 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition: Evoking Hawa, Sept. 10-Oct. 6 2010 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Opening Friday September 10, 6-9pm
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant, Westlands
Dates: 11th Sept – 6th October 2010
Time: 10am – 6pm

In his latest Nairobi-based body of work, Jerry Riley, a Canadian photographer, explores the art of the Khanga and the Khanga as art. Here, khanga-based visual meditations evoke nurture as well as sexuality and food as well as fashion in a series of reflections on the African woman’s work ethic, imagination and sensuality.

These photographs, which are profound in their simplicity and complex in their meaning and yonic gestures, are also richly humorous, vibrantly colorful and forthrightly evocative of happiness and abundance.

September 2, 2010 at 8:49 am Leave a comment


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