Colbert Mashile: Just My Imagination
Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, presents Just My Imagination, a solo exhibition of paintings by South African artist, Colbert Mashile. Mashile’s anthropomorphic animals are back in the newest body of works as he continues to explore themes of storytelling through his strong visual imagery and carefully considered titles. His well-recognised animal characters drawn from African folk tales, like the rabbit, hyena and monkey, are joined by some new animals, the ostrich and lizard. The artist’s recent travels, a journey through the Karoo to a residency in the Western Cape as well as a trip abroad to London and subsequent visit to the National Gallery, seem to have inspired the new characters and themes explored in this body of work.
According to the artist, “there is a bubbling under the surface. A tensioned rope pulling taut which is about to snap. Something is about to give. The political climate we are in at the moment is at a boiling point and about to spill over and quench the fire. Whether the good or the not so good is about to happen, the gall bitter feeling keeps on creeping slowly from the stomach to the mouth. This body of work deals with the feeling of anticipation that lingers in the air in our country.”
The exhibition runs till July 22, 2017.
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