The U.S. Embassy Harare ambassador, Brian A. Nichols heaped praises on contemporary sculptor Gideon Gomo calling him the most important sculptor in Zimbabwe. Speaking at the official opening of Nhungo, Gomo’s solo exhibition at Village Unhu on Thursday, Ambassador Nichols said Gomo is creating art that is really speaking to the moment in Zimbabwe and he is clearly the most important sculptor in this country.
Nhungo is a testament of how far Zimbabwean stone sculpture has traveled, both thematically and structurally. Gomo has given stone new movement and a new face which put him a cut above his contemporaries.
Whereas the first generation of artists tended to work the stone’s surface mainly, the new generation of artists is taking experimentation to a whole new level, digging deep into the veins of stones – twisting and turning the rock and adding new elements – thereby giving birth to new designs and other-worldly expressionism.
In his new showcase, Gomo exquisitely manipulates stones, wood, steel and other found objects to create works that are psychologically charged yet effortlessly expressive and reflect a high obsession with human emotion. Gomo explores the technical architectural structures of the rural kitchen hut, in particular, appreciating that the poles (Nhungo) that make the centre beam from which the installations hang.