Readytex Art Gallery and visual artist Kurt Nahar are happy to invite you to his new solo exhibition titled That which I have found, becomes mine. An appropriate title, because Kurt makes all that he encounters, finds or discovers; anything that even slightly impresses him or catches his attention, his own. Nothing is off-limits when it comes to the art of Kurt Nahar. And while the visual language in his new artworks is diverse, provocative and often challenging, it is above all a reflection of his exploration and discovery of life, society and his own identity. The curator of the exhibition is Rosie Gordon-Wallace, the director of DVCAI (Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator) in Miami, who has been collaborating with Readytex Art Gallery for many years.
Kurt Nahar’s greatest source of inspiration is life itself. And as such, the continuous influx of objects, impressions and impulses that invariably and indiscriminately trigger his ever curious and creative brain are all fair game. Observations or conversations from his day-to-day activities, deeper explorations into his own heritage, his enriching art-related travels abroad, as well as significant social or political events, all serve to inform the narratives in his visual imagery. The title of this exhibition for example, was inspired by a lady on the bus, wearing a traditional cloth folded diagonally in a triangle and tied around her waist, with this text embroidered in the Saramaccan Maroon language, on display on her derriere. And thus, in that moment, that which Kurt had found, became his. The text, that is.
Particularly noticeable in the collection of artworks in That which I have found, becomes mine, are the many canvases in which texts play a central role. Kurt’s fascination for language, wordplay and numbers, is largely fed by Surinamese and Jamaican street culture and music, his multicultural heritage research, and numerology. He uses these in bold compositions and combinations to give expression to his active imagination and deep social engagement, often creating striking artworks that reference sexuality, identity and social injustice. He applies the same energy and concepts towards his other artistic expressions, which include mixed media collages, assemblages, and installations.
Kurt Nahar invites you and all visitors to engage and explore without reservations, and to thus make your own observations and discoveries. And perhaps you too, shall make that which you find, your own.
That which I have found, becomes mine opens in Readytex Art Gallery on Thursday August 10 at 7:30 pm. After this, the exhibition can be visited from Friday, August 11 until Saturday September 2, during the regular opening hours of the gallery from Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and on Saturday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.
You are most welcome!