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27 October 2018

Isango, an exhibition of sculpture, painting and installation by Nicholas Hlobo. 
Hlobo’s previous gallery exhibition, 'Sewing Saw', reflected on the necessity of destruction in creation as the artist underwent a form of self-inventory, remarking, ‘this work is to deconstruct whatever it is I have constructed so that I get to understand the layers that I might have missed in the process of building that edifice’. 'Isango', translating as portal, passageway or gate, pictorialises a new gestative moment in Hlobo’s practice, with the artist pointing to the words of Major Tom, David Bowie’s fictional narrator in Space Oddity: ‘I'm stepping through the door/And I'm floating in a most peculiar way …’
Copper, lauded as an element with highly conductive properties, is integrated into Hlobo’s lexicon as a material key to exploring the passage between states of being. Sculptures constructed from this metal feature heavily as Hlobo delves deeper into terrain first explored in 'Umthamo' at the Maitland Institute in Cape Town and elaborated in 'Unyukelo', his forthcoming exhibition at the SCAD Museum in Savannah, Georgia. He now posits, ‘Perhaps we’ve ascended to this doorway. Perhaps now I’m about to move, I’m about to alight. We’re stepping through a door.’

Participating: Nicholas Hlobo


Address: 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00. Saturday: 10:00 - 13:00


Life Curated

Participating: Roanna Williams

Opening: Thursday 27 June 2019 at 18:00 - 29 June 2019

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