At the MoMA today, I unexpectedly came across the fantastic work of Congolese artist, Kingelez (1948-2015). Delighted and stunned, I also thought about Gaudi, Hunterwasser and other architect/artists who break all barriers and make us dream. Kingelez uses recycled materials such as cardboard, bottle caps and tinfoil to create a colorful, fantastic vision of a utopian urban cityscape that is a place of abundant color and shapes, beauty, humanity, wonder and optimism.
Kingelez has called his art extrêmes maquettes (English: extreme models),[and has said, “I make this most deeply imaginary, meticulous and well considered work with the aim of having more influence over life. As a black artist I must set a good example by receiving the light which pure art, this vital human instrument, kindles for the sake of all. Thanks to my deep hope for a happy tomorrow, I strive to better my quality, and the better becomes the wonderful. I exhibit a mode of expression which fits me like a glove, and I point out that I am another artist.”
PS- Also at MoMA today, there was a protest of MoMA employees who chanted, "Modern Art, Ancient Wages" as well as "Solidarity Forever."
Here's a video from the MoMA site. https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3889
Below is a video is French that displays his work.
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