Previous Exhibitions - arc Gallery
Escape, Discover, Illuminate
arc Gallery presents Escape, Discover, Illuminate, an exhibition by a collective of Haringey-based visual artists, who are truly culturally diverse and distinctively broad in creative approaches, yet coincide in subject matter. Subtle political consciousness, the powers of nature and elements of religiosity and journeys meet with individual methodologies.
Private View is on Thursday 02nd June 2011 from 6.00pm till 9.00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery is open to the public on Friday 03rd June until Thursday 30th June 2011
"New Currents from Oshogbo"
"New Currents from Oshogboâ at the arc Gallery presents the works of Rahmon Olugunna who has been referred to as the heir apparent to the Oshogbo art tradition. The exhibition will present a diverse range of new works specifically done for this exhibition at the arc Gallery, and will no doubt illustrate why he is tipped as the "Prince of Oshogbo Art". Olugunnaâs work draws from the immensely fertile artistic landscape of his Oshogbo forbearers.
Private View is on Thursday 19th May 2011 from 6.00pm till 9.00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery is open to the public on Friday 20th April until Wednesday 25th May 2011
'Horizons', our first exhibition of 2011, spotlights recent works by the Nigerian abstract expressionist painter, Ayoola Gbolahan, whose work maximises the communicative power of the human figure. Gbolahan employs symbols and motifs that convey issues such as aggression, religion, heritage, sexuality and social relationships. His figurative abstraction endows his paintings with a sense of recognition across a universal spectrum and an uncanny sense of mysterious wonder.
Private View is on Thursday 7th April 2011 from 6.00pm till 9.00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery is open to the public on Friday 08th April until Wednesday 03rd May 2011
'Surface, Sensuality and Desire'
This collective exhibition featured the work of several contemporary artists - Titus Agbara, Azubuike Ani, Glory Charles, Edward Ofosu, Shallman Quashie and Olu Shobowale â whose work fuse together issues of âthe surfaceâ with the seemingly oppositional impulses of decadence and desire. With each artist engaging with surface enquiry in their own individual, yet interconnected way, this exhibition showcased a variety of works that ranged from textured landscapes to provocative nudes to surreal dreamscapes.
Private viewing was on the 25th November from 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery was open to the public on the 26th November until 22nd December 2010.
'Headload' showcased the new paintings and drawings of the Nigerian artist, writer and architect Onyema OffeduâOkeke. His most recent body of work examined the irony of the G12 global conclave with regards to developing countries and the so-called âordinaryâ people who bear the burden or progress of industry. OffeduâOkekeâs work celebrated the immeasurability of the human spirit in its remarkable dexterity in adapting to economic hardships and challenges
Private viewing was on the Thursday 16th September 2010 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery was open to the public on Friday 17th until Wednesday 19th October 2010
"Time Waits for No-one"
"Time Waits for No-one" visually captured the process of change: those in-between moments of change and motions we often miss. Osinibiâs work demonstrated that as time passes it constantly changes our surroundings, bringing new ideas, data, facts and atmospheres, if we stand still long enough to notice them.
Private viewing was on the Thursday 09th September 2010 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery was open to the public on Friday 16th July until Wednesday 11th August 2010
"Much Strings Attached"
Contrary to the popular catchphrase of no hidden clauses or catches, many crucial aspects of our lives do come with restrictive âstrings attachedâ. âMuch Strings Attachedâ showcased multimedia artist Uchay Joel Chimaâs recent work on societal and relational themes that celebrate our human capacity for making connections. Chimaâs images of friendship, community and intimacy are created through such appropriate binding and connective materials such as string, rope, and knitting wool. Overall, his paintings have a great sense of depth and layering which reflect the profundity of human relationships.
Private viewing was on the Thursday 24th June 2010 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery was open to the public on Friday 25th June until Tuesday 13th July 2010
'"Weâve already paid" - Journeys and Kinship'
The built environment has always played a prominent role in the work of mixed media artist, Jean Joseph. This took a new direction in her exhibition ââWeâve already paidâ - Journeys and Kinshipâ: a body of work which was first conceived during a visit to West Africa. Man-made structures had a starring role in her semi-theatrical compositions, which were represented in vivid colours and moody atmospheric niches and views. The exhibition featured mixed media paintings and three-dimensional work which aimed to convey a perspective on the apperception of Diasporan descendants to the African Continent, with an awareness and empathetic kinship of modern West African Society.
Private viewing was on the Thursday 27th May 2010 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery was open to the public on Friday 28th May until Tuesday 22nd June 2010
'Elegant Urban Decay'
'Elegant Urban Decay', an exhibition of works by Nyemike Onwuka, was the first instalment of a series of exhibitions that form our 2010 programme, Nigeria 50: Art of a Nation, which celebrates Nigeriaâs 50th Independence anniversary.
Nyemike Onwukaâs works draw their inspiration from the binary relationship/duality of beauty and decomposition. Women feature prominently in Onwukaâs body of work and within his paintings they are used to create a disjunction between the attractive subject(s) and artistic techniques that are not conventionally associated with beauty.
Private viewing was on the Thursday 20th May 2010 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery was open to the public on Friday 21st May until Wednesday 26th May 2010
Afro-pop Art: Politics, Life and Lyrics
'Afro-Pop Art: Politics, Life and Lyricsâ brought a taste of the critically acclaimed artist, Ghariokwu Lemi's vibrant take on iconicity, political narration, and realism to London. A name made famous since the glorious years of Fela Kuti's Afro-beat phenomenon, Ghariokwu Lemi is renowned for his unique style of illustration, spanning themes of everyday life, popular culture, fashion, politics, and music. The exhibition was focused on his most recent creations, using new media, including plastic. His political satire is ever topical and his vivid kaleidoscopic graphics are as gritty, loud, and colourful as the culture that created them.
Private viewing was on 15th October 2009 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Exhibition at the arc gallery was open to the public on 16th October until 12th November 2009
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