Published March 13, 2015
This exhibition featuring three internationally acclaimed Kenyan artists tends to focus on a minimalist approach right from the roomy negative wall spaces to the simple yet interrogative nature of the individual works. Each is remarkable for its inquisitorial slant on humanity and sensation.
The artists, using their different approaches, connect with us in various ways. Beatrice Wanjiku explores the intrinsic nature of human beings to transform; the shifting nature of our consciousness.
Working in several series or clusters, Peterson Kamwathi’s work addresses various issues–social, political and environmental–that affect our existence.
Justus Kyalo, on the other hand, experiments with colour as a substance, a material, and a tool to provoke our emotions.
Transcending throughout the exhibition in the Creativity Gallery of Nairobi National Museum is a captivating mix of technique and material from mixed media application to manipulation of canvas and sculpture in metal. The visuals are assertive with textured application, abstract forms, stencilled forms, and then realistic, albeit miniature, forms. The juxtaposition of colour from dark shades to bright hues reflects the threads of our being and feeling.
The 22-day exhibition, that opened on February 20, closes on March 15, 2015.