Studio Nxumalo – Footnotes Group Exhibition March 2023

GOLDENDEAN presents the first of a new series of hard edge paintings of typographic or textual mantras experimenting with the architectural abstraction of a “soft brutalist” aesthetic. As part of the Soft Radical series of works in which Goldendean first presented an evolving collection of Typographic Medi(a)tations – original prints and posters reproducing text and typeface in repetition as “glitch mantras” and “minimalist mandalas” to provoke or inspire acts of care and resistance.

Brutalism is an architectural style characterised by simple, stark, geometric block-like design that often feature bare building materials. For Walter Benjamin, reflecting on the contexts of architectural production and function, Brutalist buildings define class struggle as : “a fight for crude and material things without which no refined and spiritual things could exist.”Theses on the Philosophy of History (1942). Brutalist spaces were designed with the experience of the visitor/user in mind, raw materials onto which we could project our imaginations as truth.

Studio Nxumalo is proud to present: Footnotes. a group exhibition curated by Musa N. Nxumalo | Exhibition opening: 04.03.2023. Time: 10:00 – 15:00

A group exhibition that celebrates and honors the culture of independence as demonstrated by artists & painters that are featured in this group exhibition.

“Footnotes.” explores how these artists continuously unravel the complexities that form part of the wider artworld ecosystem; through innovative negotiations that propels their artistic practices forward, allowing them to reach both local as well as international audiences, including art buyers and collectors.

Nxumalo has carefully selected each artist based on their consistent contribution to the South African art market, despite the fact that these artists operate on the fringes of a larger art world ecosystem, such as art fairs, private/public museum exhibitions and art festivals.

This exhibition marks the last show at Keyes Art Mile for the year 2023. Whilst Nxumalo takes a year-long study sabbatical.

Our program will commence in the year 2024, with exhibitions that will be held in partnership with various art institutions, commercial galleries, auction houses and spaces that holds similar interests.

Featured artists: Lwando Dlamini, Thokozani Mthiyane, Kaelik Dullaart, Justice Mukheli, Frederick Clarke, Skubalisto & Lisolomzi Pikoli, Goldendean, Stephen Langa, Mthuthuzeli “Sthu” Manaka, Vukile Batyi, Layziehound Coka, Lebogang Mabusela, Fhatuwani Mukheli and MJ Turpin.