Neo Matloga – Back of the Moon
Recently opened at the Stevenson in Joburg is the latest exhibition of “collage paintings” by Neo Matloga.
Based between South Africa and the Netherlands, Matloga describes his process as straddling choreography, conducting and creation. Inspired by scenes in plays, local soap operas and family albums, he manipulates images taken from books and magazines digitally, then overlays painterly compositions in charcoal, ink and liquid charcoal to produce orchestral combinations he terms “collage paintings”.
You can click here for a viewing room presentation.
You can click here for video of the artist in his studio.
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi – Gymnasium
Also at Stevenson Joburg is the exhibition Gymnasium by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi.
Remarking on the origins of this series, the artist relates how, after a period of almost exclusively painting portraits, she found herself drawn to a painting she had made years earlier. The work depicts the inside of a gymnasium, an architectural form she found arresting at the time.
Mawande Ka Zenzile – Udludlilali
At Stevenson Cape Town is Mawande Ka Zenzile’s latest show, which follows the artist’s solo focus at the Cape Town Art Fair in February, his presentation at the 2019 Venice Biennale as part of the South African Pavilion exhibition, titled The Stronger We Become, and his three-month residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.
It is described as a “curiously curated” show with an assemblage of paintings on canvas and tent fabric, a bundle of firewood warmly wrapped with a blue blanket seated comfortably on a rusty single steel bed, a sound installation, and a sculptural piece.
A video walkabout of Mawande Ka Zenzile’s show Udludlilali, featuring the artist in conversation with Sinazo Chiya, is now online. A monograph edited by Chiya, with texts by Nkule Mabaso, Nomusa Makhubu and Kabelo Malatsie, will be launched with a virtual discussion at the end of May.
What: Art at Stevenson