Richard Kimathi Outdoor Activities Exhibition
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Friends of Richard Kimathi all agree that he has a ‘wicked’ sense of humour. Anyone writing a text on the subject of his art would eventually but inevitably agree. He cannot be explained through the pedantic and frequently pompous labelling of the contemperorary art world, the texts of which are so inextricably bound-in to the prevailing understanding of the complex story of Western Art.
He may well be chuckling at the seminal oxymoron inherent in that project: how do you write a text for something that cannot be expressed in words? And that would be entirely appropriate, for that enigma is his project. It is not inadvertant. His work provides no gummy patches on which to stick a label. He has stripped them all away. His solvent is efficacious. And now, the keyboard of our labelling machine is a circular blank disc with no clue as to which letter is where and only the possibility of a random string of letters and punctuation marks as output.
No wonder he’s chuckling; not arrogantly, nor vengefully, nor meanly in any way: that is not within his nature, only to disallow us the certainty of our prejudice and to challenge us to see what is commonly obvious: that despite our cultural differences, our traditional preferences; our favoured references; we humanity are, at source, the same: we are in essence emotional creatures driven by feelings, and those feelings are universally felt - though variously expressed. Through his own compassion and empathy for people, he is vibrantly alert to those feelings.
But here is his genious: with so little he is able to express the most complex and profound of human emotion right there on that canvas in front of our eyes. But we’re not seeing; we’re too busy thinking about how to look. You don’t look at a Richard Kimathi, you feel it. And to experience his profundity we need simply to have confidence in the universality of our emotion.
Switch off and trust in the basest of all our intincts; let him move you: you will be rewarded.
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