Monday, March 9, 2009

Now Showing: Last Exit to Africa (Hip Hop) an Exhibition by Githinji Wa Mbire

On Sunday I attended the opening reception of mixed media artist Githinji Wa Mbire at Guerilla Cafe in Berkeley. An exhibition of Githinji's colorful work is always a treat for the senses, and this one is no exception. A native of Kenya, Githinji is best known for his mixed media pieces featuring abstract representations of the African continent. He creates Africa using a variety of materials, text, and imagery, and in all shapes and sizes (some are quite small, others can take up an entire wall space).

I really enjoyed seeing more of Githinji's wonderful works on paper (he has quite a few in this show). They are so colorful and some of them incorporate small bits of text, which appear to be thoughts that run through his mind during the creative process. My personal favorite was the image of Africa made up of faces in varying hues.

The reception was well attended, with a colorful cast of very friendly people. There's just something about Guerilla Cafe that makes you feel at home. And the vibrancy of the space--it's full of artistic flair right down to the tables and chairs--makes it a wonderful space for exhibiting art.

Githinji's work will be on view at Guerilla Cafe until May 3rd. This show is definitely worth a trip there, as are GC's amazing waffles and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Guerilla Cafe
1620 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709

hours: Mon. 7am-2pm
Tues.-Fri. 7am-6pm
Sat.-Sun. 8am-6pm
www.guerillacafe.com


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