21 Feb Featured: Lehlogonolo Mashaba
Lehlogonolo Mashaba is a South African artist born in Kwa-Thema, Johannesburg. He began his art education at the Funda Centre in 2003 where he obtained a certificate in Design and Printmaking. As a former collaborative printer he specialised in intaglio, relief, monotype and silkscreen at Artist Proof Studio.
While Lehlogonolo has participated in numerous group exhibitions in South Africa, France, and the US, he is currently showing his first solo exhibition called Noise at ArtSpace in Joburg.
His latest work, featured here, focuses on 4 main motifs: memory; remembrance; forgetting; and recording. He says, “My work highlights the impact that memory, remembrance and forgetting has on how our brains digest information and the complications that it has when attempting to make sense of things.”
One of the other running motifs in Lehlogonolo’s work is his use of layered cell phone texts and printed words from newspaper articles and out of the Bible. The more layered the text, the more incomprehensible, resulting in noise.
He explains, “I use the texts collected from people’s mobile phones to construct figures and bodies. I combine different information and words from various text sources. Texts from the Bible play an integral role in construction meaning in my work. This book is considered by many as divine knowledge and insight, and yet is a most ambiguous text that has been subject to interpretations that have had global ramifications.
We are figures who are dependent on knowledge and learning to make us whole and able to relate to our lives, communicate and identify things. Should the information we learn get distorted, then we run the risk of losing the original content and are thus unable to make sense of things.”
Visit artspace-jhb.co.za for info on the exhibition.