The Truth about our Journey | An Exhibition by Jan Tshikhuthula, Lebohang Sithole and Phillip Mabote:
09 February – 15 March 2017
at Artist Proof Studio, 3 Helen Joseph Street, Newtown, JHB
‘The Truth about our Journey’ suggests an ending and reflection on the past. In a sense, this exhibition marks a ‘coming of age’ for Mabote, Tshikhuthula and Sithole who for the past four to five years have explored through their work where they come from, who they are and who they are becoming. For the artists the process of creating images (and prints in particular) has been a transformative and cathartic experience. A central thread that runs through their life stories is the significance and spiritual presence of a grandparent as moral mentor represented in different ways for each artist.
For Mabote, the eagle has transformed and become faceted and integrated into pattern. In Sithole’s work the gentle and unobtrusive feather has disappeared and for Tshikhuthula, we have been brought up close to a series of indigenous trees that fill the format. The water tanks and pipes are disappearing and being replaced by new man made elements.
This exhibition is point of departure for all three artists who studied printmaking at the Artist Proof Studio at different times between 2008 and 2012. In 2016, between August and November they shared a studio to each develop a new body of artwork toward this group show. Artist Proof Studio is extremely proud to showcase this new body of work with the Julie Miller Investment Gallery.
Image: Lebohang Sithole – Fresh Breath – Monotype – 50x70cm – 2016