Assemblage: Cape Town’s AVA Gallery opens doors for group exhibition tonight

Four of the artists who have immersed themselves in the Nando’s Creative Exchange over the last three months reveal their work in Assemblage, one of two concurrent exhibitions opening at the AVA Gallery this evening.

Sandile ‘Ashar’ Mhlongo, Boyce Magandela, Fikile Mqhayi and Lindile Magunya are the South African fine artists who have created the Assemblage exhibition, which is one of two exhibitions that opens tonight at the AVA Gallery.

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Boyce Magandela by Louise McCann

The work is fascinating, and a culmination of Nando’s Creative Exchange, an artist career development programme that creates a mentoring opportunity for participating artists to develop the narratives in their work while building the professional-practice skills vital for artist career development. What is particularly exciting about this programme is that it’s geared to up-skill artists with previously limited experience in exhibiting, either in a solo or group show.

Fikile Mqhayi by Louise McCann

Through a mentorship process, each of the four artists was encouraged to explore fresh territory in their naturalistic and abstract painting. With an emphasis on process, personal experimentation and development, the artists created new work in an experimental context, challenging themselves conceptually, as well as through medium, process, scale, and ambition.

Sandile Ashar Mhlongo by Louise McCann

One of the ‘creative exchange’ elements for this exhibition entailed the group conceiving a body of work as part of a group show, with most of the artists working with other artists in a way they’d never done before. Assemblage in this instance refers to an arrangement of two- and three-dimensional elements in one artwork. This group exhibition internalizes these ideas in a combined response to the direct environment. Each of the artists painted works with imagery developed around documentary photography by Sandile, found objects and material by Boyce, found imagery and observation by Fikile and the reworking of historical imagery by Lindile.

Earlier this week the four artists brought their work from Mfuleni, Mitchells Plain and Delft, into the Cape Town City Bowl to curate and install it at the AVA Gallery. The interrelation of the work adds to an already rich narrative. Don’t miss it!

Nando’s Creative Exchange in partnership with Spier Arts Trust runs at the AVA Gallery from 16 November at 6pm to 9 December.

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