Exhibition opening 13 December 2018, 6pm at Knysna Fine Art Gallery
SPACE IS THE PLACE - LUCINDA MUDGE - an exhibition of vases
LUCINDA MUDGE- ARTIST STATEMENT
This new collection of slab-built vases draws inspiration both from the ceramics of China and the growing (and sometimes controversial) presence of the Chinese in Africa.
The powerful narratives from the Chinese immigrants and from the communities with whom they interact are told using the tropes, symbols and icons of the two cultures.
The title of the exhibition pays homage to the American jazz musician Sun Ra who developed a complex persona and an idiosyncratic myth-based credo that would make him a pioneer of Afrofuturism; and the Chinese text 牛屄死了 that appears in all the works literally translates as “fucking awesome to the point of death.”
Traditional African masks, a romanticised Afrofuturism and the universal human longing to be elsewhere are here mashed together resulting in a powerful and beautiful body of new work.
Lucinda Mudge’s extraordinary vases are getting more complex and demanding with rich and intricate detailing yet beneath their glimmering, sparkling surfaces is a world both familiar and faintly, futuristically alien which simmers with paranoia and tension.
November 2019 Solo Exhibition, Everard Read Cape Town, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa
14 Oct 2018 – 13 Jan 2019 Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
2019 Autumn, Solo Exhibition Everard Read London, United Kingdom
2019 Winter, Solo Exhibition, Miami, USA
SELECT PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS:
2018 Solo Exhibition, ‘SPACE IS THE PLACE’ Knysna Fine Art, Knysna South Africa
03 Feb 2018 – 06 May 2018 Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2018 Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
2018 Solo Exhibition, Featured Artist at Everard Read/CIRCA Gallery, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa
2017 Solo Exhibition ‘Pixel Vases’ Everard Read/ Circa, Cape Town, South Africa
2017 Solo Exhibition ‘The Wolf Is Always Near’, Everard Read London, United Kingdom
2017 - FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, represented by Everard Read/CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2017 Cape Town Art Fair, Represented by Everard Read Cape Town, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa
2017 Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2016 1:54 Art Fair London, Represented by Everard Read London, Somerset House, London, United Kingdom
2016 Group Exhibition, ‘VASE - Function Reviewed’, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2016 FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, represented by Everard Read/Circa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016 Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA, CCCB Barcelona, Spain
2016 Solo Exhibition ‘Kill You Eat You’, Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015 Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
2015 Group Exhibition ‘MAKING AFRICA’, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Switzerland
2015 Solo Exhibition ‘Take What You Want.’ Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
2014 Solo Exhibition ‘Lasers in The Jungle’ The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek, South Africa
2013 Solo Exhibition ‘The White Tiger and Other Stories’ Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa