Construction Workers, a collaborative ceramic artwork between Spier Architectural Arts and Sam Nhlengethwa, forms part of the retrospective exhibition Sam Nhlengethwa: Life, Jazz and lots of other things, which is currently touring Georgia, USA.
Nhlengethwa is a widely exhibited painter and printmaker based in Johannesburg, whose numerous accolades include Standard Bank Artist of the Year 1994. The retrospective is Nhlengethwa's first solo exhibition in the US, and offers an extensive view of his themes and art practice. We're delighted to have Spier Architectural Arts represented in this insightful show.
Construction Workers is Nhlengethwa's first venture into collaboration with ceramic artisans. Based on his mixed-media collage (using found and original photographs and magazine clippings) which depicts uniformed construction workers and pedestrians set against a cityscape of Johannesburg, the artwork was interpreted by six skilled ceramic craftsmen over a period of two months. The final product is a triptych relief panel measuring 2 x 5m and composed of over 10 000 irregular ceramic elements; some are individually hand painted, others have been overlaid with UV resistant photographic transfers.
The artwork was first unveiled at the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair, and is now on display in the USA until October 2014.
The video of the making of the artwork in the Spier Architectural Arts Ceramic studio can be viewed.
Sam Nhlengethwa: Life, Jazz and lots of other things:
February 18 - June 29, 2014, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
July 1 - October 12, 2014, Gallery 1600, Atlanta, GA
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