David Koloane / In the City / 2016

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Goodman Gallery Cape Town
28 July – 10 September 2016

Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by David Koloane (b.1938), one of South Africa’s most renowned Expressionist painters.

Since the 1950s the artist has confronted the urban world in figural renderings and bold colors to develop a powerful mode of social criticism. Koloane’s central subject, black life in the city of Johannesburg, is depicted in swirling, swaying, and exaggeratedly executed brushstrokes. These techniques are meant to convey the turgid emotional state of the artist reacting to the anxieties and yearnings of life in one of Africa’s largest cities.

His well-known representations of Johannesburg include hybrid individuals (‘mongrels’, ‘hustlers’) and the results of urbanization (thick commuters, African immigrants, feral dogs). Brightly hued images, such as, Red Beret, are an energetic game of color and form, Saxophone a soothing streak of pinky-grey and The Hustlers exist in a phantom grey. Working in layers of ideas and media, Koloane comments on the emotional resonances of the city in representations that range from the vibrant and hopeful to the grey and melancholic and back again.

At the center of the exhibition is a new stop-motion animated video, created from a series of detailed pencil drawings. The Takeover, expressed in a palette of achromatic greys, is a fable about the value of community and a cautionary tale about the company one keeps. Set in a Johannesburg township, a pack of aggressive feral dogs take over an abandoned school. One night, a woman attends a vigil at a neighbor’s house and while walking home after the meeting the dogs attack and kill her. Spurred by her death the community comes together, and drive the dogs out of town. A very short fable, featuring animals with human thoughts and deeds, The Takeover is a metaphor about the dangers of free-living and the redemptive power of community.

Koloane’s drawings and paintings recall the forcefully expressionist art of Gerard Sekoto (1913–1993), and the abstract experiments of Louis Maqhubela (1939–2010) and Sydney Khumalo (1935–1988). He exemplifies the sensibilities and techniques of expressionist art in South Africa today.

  • Mongrel in the City

    David Koloane

    Mongrel in the City, 2016

    Acrylic on canvas

    130 x 120cm

  • New Life

    David Koloane

    New Life, 2016

    Acrylic on canvas

    100 x 160cm

  • Rhythm

    David Koloane

    Rhythm , 2016

    Acrylic on canvas

    140 x 130cm

  • Traffic Jam

    David Koloane

    Traffic Jam, 2016

    Acrylic on canvas

    130 x 120cm

  • Bull in the city

    David Koloane

    Bull in the city, 2016

    Acrylic on canvas

    130 x 120cm

  • Red Beret

    David Koloane

    Red Beret, 2016

    Acrylic on canvas

    170 x 120cm

  • Saxophone no.2

    David Koloane

    Saxophone no.2, 2016

    Mixed media on canvas

    160 x 100cm

  • Saxophone no.1

    David Koloane

    Saxophone no.1, 2016

    Mixed media on canvas

    130 x 140cm

  • Entry-Exit

    David Koloane

    Entry-Exit, 2016

    Mixed media on paper

    165 x 149.5cm

  • Saxophone no.3

    David Koloane

    Saxophone no.3, 2016

    Mixed media on paper

    133 x 87cm

  • Strictly Business

    David Koloane

    Strictly Business, 2016

    Mixed media on paper

    251 x 150cm

  • Acolytes

    David Koloane

    Acolytes, 2016

    Mixed media on paper

    179.5 x 87cm

  • The Bacchanalia

    David Koloane

    The Bacchanalia , 2016

    Mixed media on paper

    213 x 150cm

  • The Hustlers

    David Koloane

    The Hustlers, 2016

    Mixed media on paper

    195 x 149cm

  • Installation picture [David Koloane / In the City / 2016]
  • Installation picture [David Koloane / In the City / 2016]
  • Installation picture [David Koloane / In the City / 2016]
  • Installation picture [David Koloane / In the City / 2016]
  • Installation picture [David Koloane / In the City / 2016]
  • Installation picture [David Koloane / In the City / 2016]