Jean Katambayi Mukendi


Ramiken Crucible
154 Scott Avenue
Open by appointment
Nov 12th 2020 — Jan 30th 2021

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Jean Katambayi Mukendi's "Quarantaine," the Democratic Republic of the Congo-based artist's first solo show in the United States, is on view at Ramiken Crucible.

The exhibition unveils a freestanding assemblage work as well as a new series of ballpoint pen drawings, collectively titled "Covid Afrolampe." Each illustration represents a theoretically feasible design for a lightbulb—Mukendi has a background in electrical engineering—that simultaneously embodies his attempt to visualize an abstract idea on paper. Take, for instance, Covid Afrolampe XII (Stress) (2020) [pictured], in which a meticulously rendered geometrical pattern contained within the lightbulb's shape appears subtly, maddening askew—no doubt a fraught situation for any engineer-turned-artist.

Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Covid Afrolampe XII (Stress), 2020. Photo: Dario Lasagni.