The exhibition “LOST + FOUND: An Artistic Journey by kwendeche” will be on view Friday, February 18 through March 18 at the Fred and Mary Smith Exhibition Gallery in Vol Walker Hall on the U of A campus. This is part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design series of public exhibitions.
An opening reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. on February 18.
“LOSS + FOUND” is a collection of works by artist and architect Kwendeche. Spanning time, place and experience, the pieces presented reflect both deep personal grief – the loss of loved ones, parents, family and friends – and are driven by the challenge the artist has established himself all his life to create non-traditional art through found objects.
The furniture, neckties, tribal masks, flame-manipulated photographs, sculptural easels, and abstract paintings exhibited here are the result of Kwendeche’s early explorations with repurposed materials: piles of discarded Kodak film; chrome car bumpers; augers and disc bases of metal; pieces of heavy scrap metal from a steel mill in East St. Louis, Illinois, and unwanted water heater covers from an adjacent site. Sustained creative practice has been emboldened by these found objects and formative personal experiences, including the cultural revival of the 1960s Black Power Movement and two decades of living and photographing among the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia. .
This exhibition offers insight into Kwendeche’s creative work influenced by his past adventures, his family and other established artists including Ed Love, Calixte Dakpogan, Thornton Dial and Jackson Pollock, and in respect and gratitude to those who have guided and will continue to guide his path.
Kwendeche (pronounced ka when the day chay) is an artist and architect from Little Rock. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Howard University, Washington, D.C., where he studied with Ed Love, the famous metal sculptor of Howard’s College of Fine Arts, and received the faculty’s award for excellence in design and the Alpha Rho Chi bronze medal. upon graduation. In 1982, he created produksi arymeus (the identity of all his creation).
Kwendeche’s exhibited work includes: RHWHLField Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, in 1985; ELEVEN ABSTRACT CHAIRSTolodong Bawah Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1988; KURSBENI di TIMTaman Ismail Marzuki Arts Center, Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1991; lima-couor’sea, The Invitational 2002 An Art Exhibit, Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; SPICE PHOTO EXHIBITIONArchitecture for Humanities / Rio Gallery, New York, New York, in 2005; bebenchedbolingbal and bebenchedrotagilla, The Bernice Garden Bench Project, Little Rock, in 2012; and rhwhlwithandwithoutrhwhl, ESSE Purse Museum, Little Rock, in 2015.
He worked as a project architect for Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum in St. Louis, Missouri and Hong Kong, and for PT Parama Loka Consultants in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Curatorial design for this exhibition is by Kwendeche, with exhibition design by Kwendeche and Fay Jones School architecture teacher Alexandra Waller. The exhibition coordinator is Alexandra Waller and the exhibition consultant is Ngozi Brown, professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School.
Admission to the exhibition is free. The Exhibit Gallery is located on the first floor of the Vol Walker Hall and is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.