Showcasing signature works by the gallery’s stable alongside works by invited artists this exhibition reviews examples of highlights from the past year while introducing examples of exciting collaborations planned for 2018.
Barnard Collective includes works by Alexia Vogel, Sarah Biggs, Lien Botha, Hugh Byrne, Tom Cullberg, Alex Emsley, Ryan Hewett, MJ Lourens, Virginia MacKenny, Richard Mudariki, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Robyn Penn, Katherine Spindler, Alastair Whitton and Jaco van Schalkwyk. The exhibition will run through to 23 January, 2018.
Showcasing signature works by the gallery’s stable along side works by invited artists this exhibition reviews examples of highlights from the past year while introducing examples of exciting collaborations planned for 2018.
Barnard Collective includes works by Alexia Vogel, Sarah Biggs, Lien Botha, Hugh Byrne, Tom Cullberg, Alex Emsley, Ryan Hewett, MJ Lourens, Virginia MacKenny, Richard Mudariki, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Robyn Penn, Katherine Spindler, Alastair Whitton and Jaco van Schalkwyk. The show will open to the public from 6 December running through 23 January, 2018.
5 – 8 October 2017
Somerset House, South Wing, Strand, London
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (5-8 October) at Somerset House showcasing a solo presentation of paintings by Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi.
This presentation marks the first time the artist’s work will be presented to a United Kingdom (UK) audience. This simple fact has formed the narrative of the works presented here. Ngqinambi envisions this meeting as a theatrical event unfolding in pictorial space. The paintings collected here consider the consequences of the artist’s work encountering a new context, and imagine the cast of pictorial figures as real people arriving in a place vastly different to the one they call home.
Symbols which have come to characterise the artist’s work in recent years remain present in this new collection. These include the box structure, a symbol of restriction and containment; the flag, signalling questions of nationhood and power; the running figure, who embodies an urgency both to escape and to arrive; and vast, illuminated skies which lend the artist’s images a romantic gravitas while alluding to his own strong sense of spirituality.
Ngqinambi’s genre of painting alludes to experiences of movement, migration and transportation be it the artwork itself or the article of transportation. Ngqinambi seeks to instil the importance and glory of contemporary South African art through the timeless medium of paint. Conceptually Ngqinambi’s figures are being shipped and released into a new world where they begin to explore the newfound British landscape. This metaphor is significant to stories of migration and trade. Furthermore boxes allude to notions of thought control, restrictions by art institutions, visa stipulations and curatorial regimes. It is an expression for the constant yearning for freedom of thought and the limitless expansion of imagination. Alternatively boxes can allude to feelings of suffocation and restrictions that stifle the creative process.
The repetition of these symbols in a new context allows both for intriguing images as well as a continuation of the artist’s long held interest in relations of power. With the complex history between the United Kingdom and South Africa in mind, as well as the challenges around national identity both countries currently face, these images take on a new relevance and impact. Thus, this collection of work is essentially a narrative of encounter – on personal, interpersonal and global stages.
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi has been selected as artist-in-residence with IASPIS – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists in Malmo, Sweden. IASPIS’ aims “to work with internationalisation in various ways with the aim of increasing and developing contacts between Swedish artists and international institutions, fellow artists, the general public and the markets with the aim of contributing to artistic development and improved working and income opportunities.” Ngqinambi will undertake the residency from February to April, 2017.
Work by Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi will be featured in the exhibition Foundations and Futures, which celebrates 25 years since the foundation of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Johannesburg. Consistently endeavouring to bring artists from different backgrounds together, the Bag Factory continues to be a space which prioritises the artist’s practice and celebrates experimentation. The exhibition opens on the 28th of November and a programme of performances, discussions and master classes will continue throughout December.
For more on the artist and his work
We are proud to announce that Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi has been awarded the Iapsis artist residency which he will undertake in February 2017 in Malmö, Sweden. Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for Visual and Applied Artists. Its mission is to work with internationalisation in various ways with the aim of increasing and developing contacts between Swedish artists and international institutions, fellow artists, the general public and the art market. Ngqinambi will also be participating in Foundations and Futures, which celebrates 25 years since the foundation of the Bag Factory artists’ studios in Johannesburg and opens on the 28th of November.
Final preparations are under way for Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi’s solo show, Window Part II, which will open at the gallery on Tuesday, the 7th of June. A continuation of Window Part I, held at the AVA Gallery in 2008, the exhibition presents a series of arresting new images and will be accompanied by live performances at Greatmore Studios in Woodstock.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in the 2016 Cape Town Art Fair. The fair will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21. Artists represented at the show include Barbara Wildenboer, Ryan Hewett, Alexia Vogel, Alastair Whitton, Sarah Biggs, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Katherine Spindler, MJ Lourens, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Gitte Möller, Lola Frost and Lien Botha. Find as at booth C4.
As the title of the exhibition suggests Then & Now: Conversations in Time considers notions of time and the space between things prompting comparison between what was and what is. The exhibition presents examples of current or recent projects by selected artists in relation to a previous or what might be considered ‘early work’ from their career. Participating artists include Virginia MacKenny, Robert Slingsby, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Lien Botha, Alastair Whitton, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Katherine Spindler, Ryan Hewett, Alexia Vogel and Sarah Biggs. The exhibition closes June 23, 2015.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce the forthcoming group exhibition Surface: Emerging Painters. From the evocative surfaces of Alexia Vogel’s paintings to the intense and highly expressive impasto works of Mia Chaplin, Surface: Emerging Painters features the work of a select group of up-and-coming painters redefining the medium in contemporary South African art. The exhibition considers and celebrates paint both as medium and subject, substance and means; showcasing a diversity of attitudes and approaches to the long-established and recently resurgent practice of painting.
The exhibition will open on 4 February until 19 March 2015.