A new exhibition of works by Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga will be her second solo exhibition in London. Nothing short of magnificent the exhibition consist of wall-hanging sculptures ingeniously created from tin cans, steel wire and oxidised sheet metal.
While the techniques Gakunga uses are common to the fibre arts across many traditions, her chosen materials are not; corroded sheet metal, rusted tin cans and stainless steel wire all follow the concept of Jua Kali, a Swahili adage which translates literally as ‘under the hot sun’ and refers to the serendipitous outcomes born out of discarded and weathered materials. Here, nothing goes to waste and what is considered unwanted material becomes the medium for a new focus of attention.
The Gallery: Founded in 1979, October Gallery, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde – the trans-cultural avant-garde.
Dates: 18 May – 29 July 2017 Where: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL Tel: + 44 (0)20 7242 7367. More info: http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/