Banele Khoza – To : The Unknown

LKB/G, Hamburg, Germany
03 Aug 2018 - 07 Sep 2018

Banele Khoza 'Ought to be my heart' (2018), 110 cm x 80 cm, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of LKB/G

Banele Khoza 'Ought to be my heart' (2018), 110 cm x 80 cm, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of LKB/G

LKB/G present the first solo exhibition To: The Unknown by Banele Khoza (*1994) in Germany.

Born in 1994 in Hlatikulu, Swaziland, Khoza is a Pretoria based contempo- rary artist obsessed with expression of the current state of affairs in human relations. Banele moved to South Africa in 2008 and has since then taken over the title of young up and coming artist to watch. Most recent activities include a solo exhibition with SMITH (Cape Town) in February 2018 after very successful group shows in 2017 as well as winning the Gerard Sekoto Award and the South Africa Taxi Foundation Art Award in 2017.

Banele Khoza about the upcoming exhibition:
“The sense that I have felt from people when it comes to abstract works, they either get lost and not understand what the work is about, others find joy in the colors – as color is personal and has different meaning to each individual.

I am also aware that color is a personal expression on my end, and that is the journey I wish to take people through. I have also come to associate different meanings of my own with color and sometimes with a viewer we are on the same page regarding meaning or they completely trail into their own context – which revokes personal memories and experiences.

The paintings are consistent to my love for washes, the acrylic still imitates washes that could have been traces of watercolor paints, which the transparency and fluidity captures my personality of being a sensitive human, and transparent and deep with emotion. The works are also a response to running away from the figure that has been heavily associated with my painting style, it is run- ning away from expectations and what would safely sell and deviating to emotion and true expres- sion without expectation – it is to the unknown.

Living in a space of the unknown is letting go of certainty, as things could go either way, and that is my life as an artist and human – I am not aware what tomorrow will bring, most of us do not – yet it is also a great thrill to be in that space too. As anything could happen.”

Finissage: 07th September 2018, 7pm


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