Thursday, March 16, 2017
Michael Keaton is mesmirising as Ray Kroc, the man most people think of when they think of McDonald's. Kroc is a struggling 52-year-old salesman who will not give up a burning ambition to be a more than average success. But it seems like the stunning success he craves will never be his until he runs into two brothers Richard (Nick Offerman) and Maurice McDonald (John Carroll Lynch) who run a successful restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
The McDonald's restaurant is booming when Kroc stumbles upon it. The McDonald brothers have innovated a fast food system that ensues a customer receives their order almost as soon as they pay. Kroc wants in on what they are creating. The Founder is about what he does get first, a foot and then more, in. It is terrible and thrilling to watch.
Today, the McDonald's history barely mentions the brothers who gave it not just its name but the system that makes it so effective. The Founder, in part, is about how they were robbed of their creation. But it is also about business; what it takes to start it, grow it and ensure it survives all competition.
Do you know what is really strange about The Founder? You will fail to hate Ray Kroc. Or at least Michael Keaton's Ray Kroc.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
There is a fine, little, unpretentious show of bronze sculptures you must go and see if you are interested in the arts at the Uganda Museum.
The sculptures on show are by David Bwambale, Emmanuel Basaza, Eria Sane Nsubuga, Jon Buck, Peter Oloya, Isaac Okwir. I have never heard of them but a few pieces stand out that I will keenly follow their future work.
Isaac Okwir has a style all of his own that once you look at one sculpture, you will almost always be able to identify his work even if it is not labelled. He slaps together pieces of bronze to create his sculptures the way a painter dashes paint slabs on a canvas. Almost in a fury or from too much passion. There is a lot of emotion here. Unchecked emotion that the sculptures should be ugly. They are not.
His Lango Mama is a delicate tribute to motherhood, inspired no doubt by a familiar rustic scene of a woman with a child on her back. What makes the piece stand out for this art lover are the observed maternal touches: her head is turned away from our gaze in concern that the child on her back should be adequately shaded. In turning, she stands with one hip cocked. Forcing you to come closer to see this baby who has all her attention.
Jon Buck's The Clansman immediately reminds me, at least, of that memorable Christopher Okigbo portrait on Dr Ali Mazrui's grief memoir The Trial of Christopher Okigbo. Why does it do that? This sculpture has as much presence as that photograph of one of Africa's most revered poets. All superfluities shorn away, the essence of the man left. To see that sculpture alone is worth the trip to the Uganda Museum.
Nothing else Buck has on display matches the stunning power of that sculpture. But what a sculpture!
There are little takeaways from the show too. Art you can carry with you everywhere in form of key rings by David Bwambale. Bwambale's key rings are inspired by clan totems like the Pangolin and the monkey. He also has paper weights in the show.
Speaking about his work, Bwambale explains, "The paper weights represent the big five famous animals we have in the country and other animals people love a lot. These include the elephant, the rhino, the cheetah and the warthog."
Although the choice of what the sculptures will represent is based on consumer demand, Bwambale says the artists are also concerned to educate their audience that some of the animals are endangered. Hence the proliferation of animals like the pangolin throughout the show.
The exhibitors all work under the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation. This Kasese foundry has an interesting story all of its own we hope to share soon.
But for now, you can go any day of the week 10am to 5pm, free entry, to the Uganda Museum to see these sculptures yourself. But hurry. The show closes October 19. It opened October 11.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
|The artist Stacey Gillian|
|One of Gillian's paintings|
Monday, July 06, 2015
We tell ourselves no one is looking. No one else really cares. No one ever seemed to care before. No one will care now. So it is alright. The decision has to be made.
We try to believe we are giving into a temporary situation. We will not be changed. We can go back to who we were when we need to go back. We are not changing at all. We will be fine. Everybody will see.
In the meantime, we learn to pray. We have not prayed for years.
We did not see that coming.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
1. You will see the Yashica camera that took photos on October 9, 1962, on the sunny Tuesday Uganda was declared an independent nation, free of Great Britain rule. We can debate whether Uganda actually got “real independence” long into the night until Umeme turns out the electricity, but the camera is on display during the exhibition! A museum piece not yet tucked away for scholars to pore over.