'The still clock of Lamu' Exhibition
One Off is pleased to present
'The still clock of Lamu'
An exhibition of
output works produced at the
Lamu 'curfew residency' of November 2014
Private View: Sunday 25 January 2015
Exhibition Run: 25 January to 25 February 2015
The 'Lamu in curfew residency' is the brainchild of Herbert Menzer who
approached One Off in the course of last year to recommend five artists to take up his generous offer of board in Lamu, two meals a day and 'all logistics taken care of' for almost a month in November of 2014.
Timothy Brooke, Chelenge Van Rampelberg, Peter Ngugi, Peter Elungat and Sophie Walbeoffe took up the challenge. They were joined by German artist Joachim Sauter who has been involved with an ongoing sculpting project to produce a number of one and a half sized human figures carrying stones using his chosen medium of wood. 'The Still clock of Lamu' exhibition will showcase the output from the residency including two of Joachim's remarkable wooden 'Stone Carrier' sculptures.
Sophie Walbeoffe presents a series of her characteristic watercolour works on paper along with an installation of miniature oil paintings which will be sold individually. Both the Peters will present oil paintings which have an intriguing twist to their subject matter. Both painters were heavily influenced by the effect of the curfew on the residents of Lamu and the negative impact it has on their livelihoods.
Unfortunately, Timothy Brooke's stay on the Island was cut short after one week due to ill health, however he is planning to display some of the sketches he produced in that time. He also hopes to be able to finish an oil painting or two.
Chelenge Van Rampelberg was able to complete the residency but having chosen to sculpt her own version of the Lamu Stone Carriers, she had embarked on a very challenging path, given the time frame. To add to her difficulties, she had a rock solid piece of wood of unfamiliar origin to carve and a constant audience of Lamu folk who offered advice and ultimately came with the tools they thought would best assist her in her endevour. Chelenge was most touched by the kindness shown to her by the people of Lamu but nothing could be done to avoid the inevitable outcome; Joachim and Chelenge's sculptures will only embark on their perilous journey by road from Lamu to Nairobi a couple of days before the show opens which will give Chelenge no time to finish her piece. We hope to display it at the gallery at a later date but meanwhile visitors will be able to have a 'sneak peek' in the catalogue Herbert has produced for the show.
We very much hope you will enjoy this unusual exhibition.
Preview of Works
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