For those of you who haven’t had a chance as yet to stop by to see the current exhibition in the Kuona Gallery – ‘A Golden State Of Mind’ by Brian Kivuti – the exhibition has been extended into the first week of November! Meanwhile here’s an exclusive interview with Brian about his current work, his plans for the future and his journey as an artist.
‘A Golden State of Mind’ is an exhibition by treasure maker, Brian Kivuti, presented as an installation; combining art photography, video and sculpture. However, as a project study, it seeks to experiment, and introduce the treasure maker to the Nairobi arts scene. This is currently exhibiting at the Kuona Trust Gallery, and initiative which the artist envisions will lead up to a full exhibition at the Nairobi National Museum in December 2012.
Name: Brian Kivuti
City/Country: Nairobi, Kenya
Brian Kivuti lives and works in Nairobi, working as a treasure maker; practicing installation art, artist jewellery, story telling and poetry.
- Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I’m currently working as an installation artist, bringing together various skills in the fine arts to create much more thematic/conceptual works. It’s actually what I’ve always wanted to do for some years now! I do call myself a treasure maker as it covers most of my skills; one of which is jewellery & silversmithing (which I was originally trained in), and will begin practicing again soon alongside everything else.
- How did you decide to become an artist?
Long ago, when the spirit of puberty shone bright. It was a long time coming, but only really made the decision during university.
- What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
There’s been lots of good advice, but now that you ask, it would be “Just do it.” … if not that little piece, it would be “Show me, don’t tell me.”
- Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself?
That’s a very good question. I don’t think I have an answer yet!
I can say though, that most of anything important that has happened for me, has been as a direct result of conversation (among other things). I find it important on many levels to put myself out their and engage with others genuinely, as opposed to marketing.
- Who are some of the Nairobi/ Kenyan artists you enjoy?
Mmm… Patrick Mukabi would be top of the list! I do as well really enjoy Tonney Mugo’s mind. I’m relatively new to the Nairobi art scene, so am in the process of discovering it. I don’t think that will end.
- If I were to follow you around to see art in Nairobi, which places would we go? What would we see?
Kuona Trust, The GoDown occasionally, Goethe Institute – Nairobi National Museum! How could I forget that one! They’ve got an inspiring bird collection, and currently an artist who’s name I sadly can’t remember. I’m relatively new to the Nairobi art scene, so am slowly discovering it’s nooks and cranny’s. You’ll most likely see me tagging along with a friend to some newly discovered location.
- In addition to www.kuonatrust.org, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
Tumblr & Facebook. Honestly, I wish I could honestly say more than that. That will change now though.
- Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
YEAH! ‘A Golden State of Mind’, an installation exhibition to be held at the Nairobi National Museum this December. It is what this project study is leading up to. Do watch this space though, there definitely will be more.
- What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Bigger, more elaborate installation exhibitions/projects, jewellery and many pieces from different disciplines… as well as story telling.
The Star Newspaper today highlighted a number of exhibitions currently showing in town. So just to keep you on the know..
The Year in Pictures Kenya 2012 Photography Exhibition
The Year in Pictures is a photography exhibition currently ongoing at the GoDown Arts Centre and which unfortunaletly ends today.The exhibition features the work of both local and international journalists. Make sure you head to the Godown today and get a feel of the events that have taken place this year.
Shelter for a Sage Exhibition at the Talisman Restaurant
This is an ongoing exhibition by Zihan Kassam and Tabitha wa Thuku at the Talisman in Karen, Nairobi.Tabitha wa Thuku is no stranger to the Kenyan art scene,we have enjoyed and loved her work for years while Zihan is an artist as well as a journalist for the Star Newspaper.
Together, the two artists, young and veteran, have created nature-abstracts, to remind us not to be preoccupied with the rat-race. Nature will teach the most important of lessons.
The exhibition runs until 11th November 2012
Shelter for a sage
‘A Golden State of Mind Exhibition’ at Kuona Trust
Currently showing in our gallery is an exhibition by photographer Brian Kiuti. The exhibition is a pilot study by the artist for an actual display at the National Museum later on this year. The photographs, video and sound installation as well as the setting of the gallery compliment each other and together make up a marvelous display. This is a definite must see.
The exhibition runs till the 1st of November 2012.
A Golden State of Mind Poster
Join us tomorrow at the Kuona Trust Gallery for an artist presentation by Brian Kivuti. Come and get a one on one interaction with the brain child behind the amazing exhibition we have in the gallery ‘A Golden State of Mind’. Brian will answer all your questions and also elaborate more on the inspiration behind the exhibition and his general process.
Kivuti is not only a photographer but a a treasure maker; practicing installation art, artist jewellery, storytelling and poetry. We will be doing a profile of him tomorrow so keep your eyes on this space!!
In the mean time, pass by and have a look at the exhibition. Our gallery doors are open everyday on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.The show is still on till the 1st of November 2012.
Photographs that are part of the exhibition
A Golden State of Mind Exhibition at Kuona Trust
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Here are some of the workshops that are currently going on in the space.
Stone sculpting workshop
The stone Workshop with Anthony Wanjau enters its second week. Some of the participants have already completed their pieces which some are still chipping away.Look out for the final pieces at the end of the week.
Stone sculpting workshop
Life Drawing workshop with Ermias Ekube
This was the first of a three part workshop taught by the artist. Participants were introduced to the basics of drawing figures and forms from observation.
Make sure you register for the next round of life drawing workshops on the 3rd and the 10th of November 2012.
Participants during the life drawing workshop at Kuona Trust
Ermias Ekube with his students
‘A Golden State of Mind’ is by far one of the best conceptual exhibitions we have had so far this year.
Brian Kivuti not only managed to captivate us by the brilliant display of photographs mounted on the gallery walls but also by the setting against which they were exhibited .Walking through the doors of the gallery,makes one suddenly feel like they are in a different place-a calm, peaceful, free space.The setting,video and sound installation complement the background against which the photographs were taken and perhaps gives us more depth understanding into the artist’s perception of what a golden state of mind represents.
The exhibition is still on till the 1st of November 2012.
Feel free to pass by and be amazed!!
Guests at the exhibition
Artist Brian Kivuti and Kuona Trust Director,Sylvia Gichia addressing guests during the opening
The life drawing classes at Kuona Trust Trust are back!
Starting this Saturday October 27th and the next two Saturdays, 3rd and 1oth October, we will be having a series of life drawing workshops under the instruction of master artist Ermias Ekube.
Booking is by advance payment only. Limited spaces available…Book your space now!!
Office Line: 0721262326
If you have taken a look at the Standard Newspaper today,October 25th 2012, page 35 shows the contractor behind the landmark Syokimau Railway Station, Yussuf Lodge. Though the station is complete it is yet to be unveiled to the general public the station and comes with state of the art waiting lounges,restaurants, public waste conveniences, lifts and escalators.
What they didn’t tell you however was that behind the closed gates lies a magnificent sculpture of the prophet Syokimau who foretold the coming of a metal snake-the train.The artist behind this masterpiece is none other than Kevin Oduor. He is also credit for several other monuments including the Dedan Kimathi statue in the heart of the Nairobi Central Business District and the Wanjiku sculpture at the high court.
Kevin Oduor working on the wanjiku sculpture in his studio at Kuona Trust earlier on this year.