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Umthamo

14 February 2018 - 18 May 2018

At the Maitland Institute, Nicholas Hlobo presents an immersive installation titled Umthamo. 
 
In this exhibition Hlobo elevates his investigation of the materiality of copper through a playful engagement with space. Pipes are planted in wood and arranged in dense, permeating masses. 
 
Hlobo states: ‘With these materials I’m trying to find a stepping stone that might lead me on to something else – a newer challenge.’
 
The title references feeding, and Hlobo alludes expansively to the experience of nourishment. The tangled, ecstatic shapes are a reflection of the movement of grasses in the wind, the force of blood through the capillaries, the stimulation of cells for sustenance. 
 
Hlobo continues: ‘The exhibition space has volume in itself and these objects also have volume – it’s about volume within volumes.’ 
 
With its robust occupation of space, and sensitivity to the convolutions of process and movement, Hlobo’s Umthamo expresses a relish of the interchange between the macro and micro environments, and the interrelatedness of the self with one’s surroundings.

Participating: Nicholas Hlobo

VENUE:

MAITLAND INSTITUTE

Address: Unit 15, The Meat Factory, 372 Voortrekker Road, Maitland
Hours: Open Saturdays 10:00 - 13:00 or by appointment.





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