Cameroun: L’Élan Vital

 

The Cameron Gallery is proud to welcome Jean Michel Dissake in his first U.S. sculpture exhibit, Cameroun: L’Élan Vital (translated, Cameroon: Force of Nature).

Constructed of found materials, the exhibit is an amazing fusion of painting and sculpture, inspired by the customs of the Pongo village on the banks of the Mongo River and informed by a contemporary sensibility. Dissake’s intention is to find a balance between the natural environment and the human footprint. Born in 1983 in Yaoundé Cameroon, Jean Michel graduated with an Economics degree from the University of Douala. Unsatisfied with his career choice and encouraged by family members, he turned to artistic training. Dissake was mentored by the internationally acclaimed Cameroonian artist Joël Mpah Dooh.

Mr. Dissake was discovered in 2015 by long-time friend of The Scrap Exchange, artist Anne Gregory. Ms. Gregory was in Cameroon working on an audio/visual installation with girls orphaned by AIDS. When she entered Jean Michel’s studio she was immediately impressed with the powerful visionary quality of his work.  His use of found objects made him a natural fit for The Scrap Exchange’s creative reuse mission. As his American sponsor, Anne has worked for nine months to help make Mr. Dissake’s first show in the U.S. possible.

Mr. Dissake will demonstrate his sculpture techniques during a brief residency period that includes the creation of a site-specific sculpture using  materials from The Scrap Exchange.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.  The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make-N-Take room. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed. The Cameron Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse arts center.

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