Coen Welsh | Aug 9, 2017 | 0
Where is your heART exhibition: Ghostlike images on canvas, both photographic and hand-drawn
The Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) with their consistent fashion of being the anchor for the arts and high culture is hosting its latest art exhibition titled ‘where is your heART’. The art exhibition which showcases the works of Chantal Kambrude and Sam Matenga runs until 20 May 2016.
If you have a keen curiosity for the subtle art of photography and prints on canvas with an array of patterns and colours that seem to draw the eye into a labyrinth of beauty, then the FNCC’s latest exhibition might just be your cup of tea. The exhibition mainly consists of print art on canvas and photographic canvas works that range from portrait photography to contemporary works.
The photography part of the exhibition is done by Sam Matenga, a young photographer relatively new to the scene. In this first exhibition, he shows his rare skill of capturing his subjects with spontaneity and sincere expressions.
Attention to detail is however not the only thing that is luring about Matenga’s photography. The artist also has fun with the camera using light to manipulate imagery, painting a stream of light on the canvas that creates ghostlike imagery.
If one saunters to the left side of the gallery, Chantal Kambrude’s canvasses adorn the walls with equal originality. The artist draws doodles and formulate symmetric designs using all or various parts after digitizing his hand drawn doodles. The final product turns into a maze of different patterns, shapes and projections of dark to jubilant colours with beautiful imagery, each having a different effect on the mood of the viewer.
Speaking to the Economist on the inspiration behind her art Kambrude shared this: “The doodles are an extension of my subconscious and as Isabel Katjavivi says, it is the purest form of ‘heART’”.
“So they escape [from my mind] at any point in my life – when I’m on the phone, when I’m watching a movie, listening to music, chatting etc. Wherever there is a blank space and a pen or pencil, a doodle is born.”