NEW YORK, NY.- Catinca Tabacaru
New York is presenting Zimbabwean artist Terrence Musekiwas first American solo show, Standing on the line, not being on either side. Musekiwas found-object assemblages feature the artist's signature heads carved from stones. The exhibition is open through Dec 3, 2017.
The Shona people have been carving stone for over a thousand years. Terrence Musekiwa comes from a long lineage of this ancient tradition, himself shaping soap stones since the age of five, assisting his father to produce trinkets in animal form for tourists. Now 26 years old, the sculptor holds a degree from The School of The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and recently completed the Tiroche DeLeon Residency in Tel Aviv.
Musekiwa lends power and motion to obsolete materials. With bare hands and simple tools - the hammer, the chisel, a saw - he gives life and humor to brooms, forks and helmets. He laboriously shapes stone, sometimes taking several months to finish one sculpture.
Twelve figures, each a foot or so tall, occupy the gallerys floor, inviting viewers to join the movement. Their bodies are made of preformed plastic bottles, wire and an undefined mixture of earth and glue. Exquisitely sculpted heads give each figure a unique personality. On the gallerys wall, two floating heads oversee the crowd. One wears police riot gear while the other points a slingshot.
Musekiwa exists on the margins of past and present, tradition and innovation, the physical world and the invisible spirits, order and disorder; between the discarded objects he finds in Harares infamous scrapyards, and the inherently political sculptures he transforms these into. I am always trying to find balance between opposite forces - the place where opposites meet; the shape that meeting takes.
The artist, who does not believe in History, but instead in its ability to be repeatedly rewritten, engages in a global discussion on the now - what now is and how now tends to reorganize what is here. History is an attempt to create order.
Terrence Musekiwa (b. 1990 Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe) earned his arts degree from The School of The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2013 and has since been exhibited and acquired internationally, including the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, and most recently, Catinca Tabacarus Harare Gallery. He joined the Catinca Tabacaru Gallery program in 2015 after completing the gallerys Art Residency Collaboration with Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions in Harare, Zimbabwe.