26 Sep Spier Architectural Arts: Gerhard Marx and Sam Nhlengethwa
Spier Architectural Arts facilitates the mediation between artists, designers and architectures in conceptualising, manufacturing and the installation of large scale artworks. The studio has reinvented the ancient art form of mosaic and works in collaboration with a dedicated ceramic studio to incorporate refined ceramic elements.
Within Spier Architectural Arts is the Spier Arts Academy, which offers employment-based training in professional mosaic art as well as drawing, art history and business skills to apprentices. By working on actual projects, apprentices gain professional skills, and the programme is thus designed to create a local industry with sustainable and meaningful employment.
For the FNB Joburg Art Fair, two large-scale mosaic artworks have been created in collaboration with two prominent South Africa artists. These are a large sculptural mosaic by Gerhard Marx, and a ceramic relief panel by Sam Nhlengethwa.
For each artist, the collaboration has been seamless. For Marx, whose work deals with fragmentation and mapping, the shift into mosaic tiles acts as a continuation of the theme of exploring the parts of the whole. Similarly, for Nhlengethwa, the ceramic collage serves as a new interpretation and manifestation of his long-running interest in this medium.
Both of the works will be on show at the Art Fair this weekend.