Arne Quinze - Africa Electronica exhibition

25 Mar 2010
  • posted by Veerle Pieters

On the 17th of January the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London closed its doors to the Africa Electronica exhibition from Arne Quinze. For his exhibition ‘Africa Electronica’, Arne Quinze presents adaptations of Stilthouses, Bidonvilles, new Lakeviews, and African Masks…

Who is Arne Quinze?

Arne Quinze started out his career as a graffiti artist experimenting with all kinds of materials, he developed the Primary Pouf in QMFoam™, the material of which most of the furniture collections of Quinze & Milan are made. But soon after this success piece, he started building large wooden installations, like Uchronia and Cityscape for example. As far as I know he is a self-taught man. His life so far sounds a bit like a movie script, working his way up from being a rebelling graffiti artist to becoming a well-known conceptual artist. I may return to his furniture history in a future post.

Africa Electronica

Back to the event in the title of this post. This was his first solo exhibition in London. Here's a bit more background info from the artist himself:

Africa Electronica: In the process of assembling Stilthouses and Bidonvilles I fully surrender to my own imagination astonished by how unorthodox houses can be built, discovering a smile on my face trying to capture these anomalous constructions.

— Arne Quinze

Images of Arne Quinze's exhibition Africa Electronica

From what I understand, Arne Quinze has a passion for chaos and the elegance found within it.

Quinze employs basic shapes and textures in a manner similar to African art. His installations look at the formation and organization of cities and civilizations and the contradicting tensions within. Looking at the ongoing rhythm running through varied buildings and settlements within civilization, Quinze is inspired by and takes an in-depth look into the continuous evolution of humans and their surroundings. His work encapsulates a desire to capture and suspend both his art and his audience in an otherwise kinetic and bold environment. Having first worked in graffiti in the early in 1980s and now working in the fields of art and design, his work like his career is in constant motion. Quinze's unmistakable style is bold, energetic, and a reflection of the modern world in which we live. The brightness of Africa Electronica may be read as an antidote to the large percentage of African homes without electricity.