Loyiso Mkize Solo Exhibition | BLACK MAGIC:
Opens 2 March 2017
at Eclectica Contemporary, 179 Buitengracht St, Gardens
Walkabout 16h30 on Friday, 24 March 2017. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loyiso Mkize is a well known graphic artist and comic book illustrator. He was one of the foremost contributors to the Sunday Times supplement, Super Strikers. He also created the first black South African superhero as the titular character in his comic book series, Kwezi; which became a best seller nationwide at Exclusive books.
Loyiso’s exhibition ‘Black Magic’ is a collection exploring the modern black experience. It encapsulates the varied themes that inform the modern black landscape. It also extracts key aspects which we have become all too familiar with and attempts to take apart, understand and reassemble what belonging to this group is and means.
It is in the nuances of these societal absurdities, which are becoming normalized, that Mkize’s story begins. These figures which the on-looker gazes upon, appear radically aware of themselves and their predisposition. He celebrates these subjects as he sees their manifestations in the real world, on the news, in magazines, and on television.These are portrait paintings with attitude, and like the narrative of their subjects they insist on the viewer’s attention.
By combining the refined classic style of painting with abrupt cascades of floral motifs and amplified by dark outlines, Mkize has created a sense of immediacy, which plays between the real and unreal spaces.Through his art he attempts to overcome and catalogue the horrors of the past, which a group of people have endured purely by the color of their skin. It is a spirit of righting wrongs and is gloriously and unapologetically existing, regardless.
“This collection is an exploration of the modern black experience. It encapsulates the varied themes that inform the modern black landscape and extracts key aspects which one is all too familiar with – in an attempt to take apart, understand and reassemble what belonging to this group is and means. How we are represented vs how we represent ourselves.” – Loyiso Mkize