TODAY, APRIL 28, IS THE OPENING DAY OF THE NEW EXHIBITIONS BY NELSON MAKAMO AND EEMIL KARILA.
GALLERY IS OPEN 12 - 6 PM.
Rather than capture a single aspect of his subjects, the ecstatic portraits of Nelson Makamo reveal their many facets, changed by the cast of light or by who is looking. In drawings, watercolors, monotypes, and oil paintings, the Johannesburg-based artist portrays children—his young cousin Mapule Maoto as well as strangers and acquaintances, often from his native province of Limpopo, South Africa—in all the complexity with which he encounters them.
At first glance, Eemil Karila’s paintings of recent years look like beautiful depictions of the environment, their main subject being plants, but they are intended to speak on behalf of nature. Underlying these works is the posthumanist manifesto – a critical view of the notion that humanity is above all other creatures – that Karila began setting out in his art in 2019. In these new paintings plant and meadow landscapes are bathed in light and are free to flourish on wasteland from which all human presence has disappeared.