The National School of the Arts will present an exciting exhibition of new work by Kagiso Pat Mautloa at the NSA Gallery on 17 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein from October 11 to 19.
The exhibition comprises work that the artist created during a residency at NSA this year. As part of the residency, Mautloa spent time at the school’s Art Gallery, making work and presenting workshops that elucidated on his creative process. Works from the show were presented as part of the Goodman Gallery’s viewing room programme last month.
The new series is a vivid collection of drawings accompanied by small sculptures that powerfully shift between abstraction, collage and ghostlike figuration. Much like Mautloa’s previous work, these drawings and objects take their departure from the artist’s strolls around the streets of his city. The works consider the street economy of Johannesburg, focusing on many of the people who are over looked, such as recyclers and sorters. In the same way that these labourers reclaim remnants of the City, so does Mautloa in both his sculptures and mixed media drawings. The result is a union of urban debris and internal reflection that sees an amalgamation of old fragments forming something novel and refreshing.
Mautloa studied at Mofolo Art Centre in Soweto, before completing a diploma in fine art at ERC Art Centre in Rorke’s Drift, KwaZulu-Natal. He currently resides in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Since 1982 Mautloa has exhibited in many solo exhibitions, group shows and workshops in South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Germany, France, Holland, Switzerland, the UK, Ireland, the United States, Cuba and India. He was included in the South African representation at the 46th Venice Biennale in 1995 and A Decade of Democracy: South African Art 1994 – 2004 at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
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