"Out of Darkness comes forth Light. Out of the Black comes forth the Gold. Light is the Daughter borne of Darkness."
Loïs Cordelia's exhibition 'Black Gold' is a meditation on digging deep into the raw black living earth of our heritage to reveal a wealth of gold and richness of colour.
From intricate paper silhouettes in sharp black definition, painstakingly cut by hand using a surgical scalpel, to fast and furiously painted portraits and landscapes in iridescent gold and shimmering colours, Loïs' artwork spans a vast spectrum between precision and free-flowing energy.
at OPEN THE GATE Cafe, 35 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston London N16 8BJ
Buses: 67, 76, 149, 243 - Overground: Dalston Kingsland
27th JANUARY - 10th FEBRUARY
Extended by popular demand until late Wednesday 9th March
Daily 12 noon to 12 midnight, with special events:
Private View: Thursday 27th January, 6pm-9.15pm
Reggae Unity Nite: Saturday 29th January, 6pm-2am
Live painting demos on the following dates (more to be confirmed - please check back for updates), circa 6-8pm daily:
Thu 27th January, Fri 28th Jan, Sat 29th Jan (as part of Reggae Unity Nite), Sun 30th Jan, Fri 4th Feb, Sat 5th Feb, Sun 6th Feb (Bob Marley's 66th birthday!), Mon 7th Feb, Fri 11th Feb, Sat 12th Feb, Sun 13th Feb, Mon 14th Feb, Wed 16th Feb, Fri 18th Feb, Sat 19th Feb, Sun 20 Feb, Fri 4th March, Sat 5th March, Sun 6th March.
Comments from visitors to Black Gold January-March 2011:
"Authentic roots artist with a universal eye for beauty in all its forms."
"Amazing! No words to describe the talent."
"I came, I saw, I am impressed."
"Fabulous! Luminous! Dreamlike! ... Best exhibition we've ever had here."
"Very close to perfection."
"Amazing! (What else did I expect?!) Honestly, your work never ceases to impress."
"Great opportunity to see the artist in action."
"I think I said 'amazing' about 6 times when talking to you - but nevertheless - amazing still."
"A privilege to be amongst such great artists, legends, past and present - their spirits can be felt in the room."
"Innovative art representing the golden age of reggae."
"Lovely to see your work for real - even better than on the website."
"Amazing colour and deep soul in all your images. I love your work. Soul food!"
"The most mesmerizing and eye-captivating display of intricate art."
"I nostri auguri per una mostra eccellente. A me piaciono le silhouette con molto espressione."
"The portraits are alive with a power, dignity, strength and nobility that pulses with warmth and energy, and at the same time they emit incredible sensitivity and gentle spirituality."
"I would like to sit here on this comfy sofa all afternoon just drinking in your amazing work. Beautiful, soulful and inspirational work as usual! I shall get up refreshed and stimulated."
"Eine solch grosse Ausstellung, mit zwei Verlaengerungen, das ist etwas Besonderes."