Black Koki

BLACK KOKI is a South African born visual artist. His definitive mark is spontaneous as it is disruptive of visual convention. Crafted from experiences making drawings, painting and street art, his current artistic practice is post-graffiti, reflecting an interest in the relationship between space and data. He investigates warped spaces and textures that seem to define an urban reality augmented by the digital world. Social media quips meet organic, expressive forms in the synthetic hues of his enamel on glass paintings. Oddly digital in reference, the works also speak to an intuitive mark making of an art historical lineage such as Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Primitivism or Neo-Expressionist works. His works on glass embody an unmistakable nostalgia for the 1990s from the perspective of a contemporary digital age. The flavour of urban subcultures persists in his forms, merged with his personal experiences of city spaces such that his works become an abstract coding of the contemporary experience.

Selected Exhibitions: 2018 – Cape Town Art Fair, Salon91 Booth. 2017 – Trees Make Forests, end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; Turbine Art Fair, Salon 91 Booth, Johannesburg; AO, group exhibition, Salon 91, Cape Town. 2016 – Static, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg; Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm; Fierce Now, Art Festival, Amsterdam. 2015 – Laugh Now, Cry Later, (solo show), Black Box Gallery, Cape Town. 2014 – Time Through Space, World Art Gallery, Cape Town; Windows, Black Box Gallery, Cape Town; Windows 0.2, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Cape Town. 2013 – Future Positive (black koki + Ello Xray Eyez), Black Box Gallery, Cape Town; Look 2, Side Street Studios, Cape Town; Afro Vibes, Amsterdam. 2012 – Beautiful Losers, A Word of Art Gallery, Cape Town; Klick Klack, The Pit, Cape Town. 2011 – Stroke/03, Art Festival, Berlin; Independent Publishing Project, Blank Projects, Cape Town; Urban Contemporary, 34Fine Art, Cape Town; Rendezvous, Year Long Travelling Exhibtion. 2010 – Those Who Live In It, MU Gallery, Eindhoven; Nothing is Everything, group exhibition, Word of Art Gallery, Cape Town; Toffie Pop Culture Festival, Cape Town; Deconstruction, M Contemporary, Sydney; Love and Hate, (solo) Gaenge Viertel Gallery, Hamburg, Germany. 2008 – aKing, Kunsthaus, Cape Town; Urbanstretch, Trinity Session Gallery, Johannesburg. 2007 – Boerekitch, KKNK National Arts Festival; The Auction Exhibition, The Bin, Cape Town. 2006 – The Inevitable, Moja Modern, Johannesburg; New Suburbia, Platform on 18, Pretoria. Camp Zero, Curated by Asha Zero, Stolen Goods, Pretoria.


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