Nicholas Hlobo, Intethe (Sketch for an Opera)
Now celebrating its 15th year of exhibiting experimental contemporary art, Locust Projects is pleased to present Intethe (Sketch for an Opera), South African sculptor Nicholas Hlobo.
Hlobo’s first major project in Miami. Hlobo is known for sprawling sculptures whose organic forms seem to tumble and unfold through the exhibition space. The installation will incorporate these large-scale leather sculptures into a multifaceted performance space and video installation. For the first time, he will collaborate with Miami-based Haitian band Papaloko and Loray Mistik on a sketch for an opera entitled Intethe (“Locust” in the Xhosa language), exploring notions of shared identity throughout the global African diaspora.
Frances Trombly, Over and Under
A floor-to-ceiling scaffold in the Project Room is the framework for a handmade canvas which is rhythmically woven in and out, up and down, throughout the structure, visually echoing industrial fabric production. Variables within the fiber hint at its fabrication process: irregularity, asymmetry, glitches, pulls, and tears reveal the manual labor of weaving, standing in contrast to the industrial perfection of commercial cloth and emphasizing the artist’s intimacy with the material.
Trombly’s largest work to date, Over and Under poses a direct challenge to her studio practice, opening up a new relationship with the physicality of the loom by defying its confines. Expanding on Trombly’s interest in the contrast found in handmade objects that normally are mass-produced, Over and Under focuses on the cloth itself. The work contains a timeline of its own construction, a transcription of the gestures of working and constructing in space. Pushing the size of production transforms the interactions between body, object, and machine in space, and asks the viewer to consider these shifts as well.
Opening reception and performance: November 9, 7-10pm
Reception and performance in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach: December 5, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Extended gallery hours for Art Basel Miami Beach: December 2 – 7, 9am-5pm