Written by Josée Thissen-Rojer
Gallery Alma Blou at Landhuis Habaai celebrated its 25th Anniversary with an exhibition entitled ‘Art feeds the soul’. Various local artists participated in the exhibition, and one of them is the visual artist Omar Sling, known as the leader of the Viva Kids Recycle Band. Although the exhibition is closed, the work by Omar Sling will remain in the gallery a while longer.
The title of his work is ‘Beauty’, and it’s a painting of a feminine figure sitting on the ground with her legs crossed. What catches the attention immediately is the enormous afro with a yellow light behind it. The figure is almost naked. She’s wearing a top made of silver- and gold-colored coins, that barely covers her breasts. In her hands, she’s holding a large, white flower. A green hummingbird, wings spread out wide, is hovering in front of the flower.
The figure is made from PVC and is attached to the panel. Behind it, in the background, the artist painted an idyllic landscape, with green vegetation and a large waterfall. The hummingbird and the flower are made from aluminum, PVC and iron. Their shapes stick out from the painting. Omar’s works are made for 95% from recycled material, because he wants to give old and used objects a new value. That’s why he calls the process ‘up-cycle’. On the sign with information regarding the piece, one can see that among the various materials listed by the artist, that have been used for the work, such as aluminum, PVC and paint, he added ‘LOVE’.