|First Floor Gallery: A new kid on the block|
|Tuesday, 05 July 2011 01:00|
By Stephen Garan'anga
Viewing and communicating with artworks is becoming haste before you consider others to have their chance in the crowded tiny gallery. Soon rather than later FFG needs to secure an alternative space for their openings if they are to harness the current intrigue. First Floor Gallery (FFG) has secured a sizable grant from the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust that will enable them to see off a couple of more monthly shows.
They long to have some business transactions through their artistic endeavours to nurture what they have already rolling. After all they have just had a very successful first ever international art export show in Paris, France, titled "Harare Paris! Young, contemporary and Zimbabwean" that took place in May 2011.
"Maungira", the theme of the current offerings from three upcoming artists was mercilessly exploited by the former National Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Art Studios students. Clive Mukucha, Kura Maponga and Sky Salanje had no difficulties what so ever when exploring the theme they attacked in various media.
Clive Mukucha shows a lot of flexibility as he expressed himself imposingly in both two and three dimensional media. His ultimate power of expressiveness seems to be in his sculptural work in which he had an outstanding piece of creativity titled "Intoxicated".
He portrayed in representational abstract a drunkard man holding an automobile fan probably as his source of intoxication in a well wire woven left hand wearing a black and white striped Chinese sweater.
His big eared metallic square face wearing huge black framed spectacles reflecting various things in vicinity has a spiraling down electric cord attached to a small medical drug bottle hanging upside down from the shoulder of the left arm. The mastery execution of the sculpture hung on the wall entails the undisputed bright light that reflects at the end of the tunnel for the impressive artist.
On the other hand Kura Maponga is fascinated by baby clothes in hanging constructions. He too has joined the scavenging found objects movement wagon that seems unstoppable at the moment.
monkey hat. The piece truly resembles a back view of a big headed baby, hence the title "Chegotsi".
old paint to create baby features.
Not to be out done is the work by Sky Salanje who preferred oils on paper to bring out various facial expressions of native Africans in an attempt to bring back painting as we have known it.