The SMAC Gallery presents Of the Seeking or the Finding, a solo exhibition by Mongezi Ncaphayi.
The language of abstraction in Ncaphayi’s work is a journey that vacillates between the real and the ethereal. Its exploratory thrust investigates the realness of the artistic materials at its disposal; with materials that are conventional but subjected to a process that never guarantees predictable outcomes. Left to chance, this unknowable fate opens the paper or canvas to be more than a substrate but also a site of exploration; a map from which we seek and discover the unknown via the chitchat of the paint, the ink scissors, brush, the cut-offs, and the water. Ncaphayi’s paintings, largely minimalist, vacillate between collages and painting using the wet-on-wet technique.
The title of the exhibition is taken from a poem by African American poet and writer, Langston Hughes titled Old Walt.
Ncaphayi’s work is included in a number of important collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, USA; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris, France and more.
Venue: 19 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Opening times: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 10am to 3pm