Sam Nhlengethwa / Waiting

Sam Nhlengethwa / Waiting
08 November - 01 December 2018
Installation View
Sam Nhlengethwa
Madiba waiting for his freedom, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 90 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Appointment at Spaza Shop, 2018
Colour lithograph
Image: 40 x 57 cm Work: 50 x 65 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for piece job, 2018
Lithograph on Chine-Colle paper
Work: 40 x 50 cm Image: 24 x 34 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
...to be rescued I, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 100 x 140 x 10 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for a baby, 2018
Lithograph on Chine-Colle paper
Work: 40 x 50 cm Image: 24 x 34 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting inside, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 90 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for an answer, 2018
Colour lithograph
Image: 40 x 57 cm Work: 50 x 65 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for a friend I, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 90 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for green, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 90 x 80 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for the final announcement , 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 90 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Home Affairs, 2018
Mixed Media on paper
Work: 80 x 121 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
SASSA?!, 2018
Colour lithograph
Image: 40 x 57 cm Work: 50 x 65 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting behind the stage, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 140 x 140 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting outside, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 90 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa & Marguerite Stephens
The Conversation, 2012
Woven Mohair tapestry
Work: 194 x 258 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Feya Faku, 2018
Lithograph on Chine-Colle paper
Work: 59.5 x 50 cm Image: 41.5 x 39.5 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for the Jazz band, 2018
MIxed media on canvas
Work: 140 x 200 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
She is waiting, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 70 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for a friend II, 2018
Mixed media on Canvas
Work: 80 x 90 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
One more shot, 2018
Colour lithograph
Image: 40 x 57 cm Work: 50 x 65 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for the Bride, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 90 x 80 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Phalaborwa Six, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 120 x 180 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Winnie waiting for Madiba, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 90 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for a doctor, 2018
Lithograph on Chine-Colle paper
Work: 40 x 50 cm Image: 24 x 34 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Definitely Waiting for Someone, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 90 x 80 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Where are those kids?, 2018
Colour lithograph
Image: 40 x 57 cm Work: 50 x 65 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Waiting for Lobola Negotiations, 2018
Lithograph on Chine-Colle paper
Work: 40 x 50 cm Image: 24 x 34 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
...to be rescued II, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 100 x 140 x 10 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Evening queue, 2018
Mixed media on paper
Work: 80 x 121 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
They are waiting, 2018
Mixed media on canvas
Work: 80 x 70 cm

Sam Nhlengethwa / Waiting - Installation View

08 November - 01 December 2018

Sam Nhlengethwa

Madiba waiting for his freedom

Sam Nhlengethwa

Appointment at Spaza Shop

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for piece job

Sam Nhlengethwa

...to be rescued I

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for a baby

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting inside

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for an answer

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for a friend I

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for green

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for the final announcement

Sam Nhlengethwa

Home Affairs

Sam Nhlengethwa

SASSA?!

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting behind the stage

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting outside

Sam Nhlengethwa & Marguerite Stephens

The Conversation

Sam Nhlengethwa

Feya Faku

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for the Jazz band

Sam Nhlengethwa

She is waiting

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for a friend II

Sam Nhlengethwa

One more shot

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for the Bride

Sam Nhlengethwa

Phalaborwa Six

Sam Nhlengethwa

Winnie waiting for Madiba

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for a doctor

Sam Nhlengethwa

Definitely Waiting for Someone

Sam Nhlengethwa

Where are those kids?

Sam Nhlengethwa

Waiting for Lobola Negotiations

Sam Nhlengethwa

...to be rescued II

Sam Nhlengethwa

Evening queue

Sam Nhlengethwa

They are waiting

Goodman Gallery Cape Town
11 November – 1 December 2018

Waiting is an exhibition of new work by Sam Nhlengethwa exploring the myriad ways in which we find ourselves occupied by this state of being.

What are we waiting for? In certain works, the answer appears self-evident: an empty stage of instruments on stands overlooking a packed audience, a person loitering beside a pole, a group of commuters on the side of the road. But upon closer inspection of these quotidian scenes, more questions arise. Who is doing the waiting? What qualities do these people share?

For Nhlengethwa this theme emerges from universal experience. ‘We all see people waiting and sometimes we become victims of waiting,’ says Nhlengethwa. By depicting these scenarios through the rich figurative mediums of lithographic prints, mixed media collage and tapestry, Nhlengethwa vividly draws our attention to this distinction, making us acutely aware of the stories of waiting experienced in the everyday lives of South Africans. And through his ongoing depiction of mineworkers, also reflecting the harsh lived realities more hidden from view.

As one of South Africa’s preeminent artists, Nhlengethwa has established himself by conveying this sort of nuance through his work. Over his several-decade career he has employed a signature style of collage that brings together archival material and painting to tackle subjects ranging from cityscapes to jazz musicians, artists and political figures.

This latter subject matter features on Waiting in the form of a collaged sepia photo of a young Winnie Madikizela-Mandela seated in a brightly painted living room. ‘When black and white creeps into the paintings it recalls the past. It is a form of worlds colliding,’ says Nhlengethwa. By incorporating this poignant historic reference into this exhibition, Nhlengethwa reminds us that our past needs to be constantly reevaluated. In this sense we are all waiting for our present history to unfold.

Sam Nhlengethwa

Born in Springs, South Africa in 1955. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.Nhlengethwa was born into a family of jazz lovers; his two brothers both collected jazz music and his deceased eldest brother was a jazz musician. “Painting jazz pieces is an avenue or outlet for expressing my love for the music,” he once said in an interview. "As I paint, I listen to jazz and visualise the performance. Jazz performers improvise within the conventions of their chosen styles. In an ensemble, for example, there are vocal styles that include freedom of vocal colour, call-and-response patterns and rhythmic complexities played by different members. Painting jazz allows me to literally put colour onto these vocal colours.

“Jazz is rhythmic and it emphasises interpretation rather than composition. There are deliberate tonal distortions that contribute to its uniqueness. My jazz collages, with their distorted patterns, attempt to communicate all of this. As a collagist and painter, fortunately, the technique allows me this freedom of expression… What I am doing is not new though, as there are other artists before me who painted jazz pieces. For example, Gerard Sekoto, Romare Bearden and Henri Matisse.”