One Dog Show
A solo exhibition by Sanele Omari Jali
7 October - 31 October 2016
‘It’s virtually impossible not to be completely mesmerized by the art history that already exists; Leonardo, everyone. It’s spectacular; you want to be in that club. But when you recognize your absence (as a black artist) in the pantheon you start questioning what’s the price of the ticket? Why are certain artists in and others not?’ - Kerry James Marshall
Assemblage is proud to present One Dog Show a solo exhibition by Sanele Omari Jali. Join us for the opening and a glass of wine on Friday 7 October from 5:30pm.
One Dog Show is the first solo exhibition by Sanele and questions what it means to be a contemporary black male artist in Johannesburg today. Sanele is a printmaker working predominantly in silkscreen. For this exhibition Sanele has chosen to work with one image of a dog. Dogs are a protective species, loyal, territorial with a feeling of self-importance. They are powerful creatures. Through his repetitive use of this image Sanele argues that it is time for the ‘other’ artist, those on the outside, to move beyond accepting the status quo. He states that what makes an artist in or out is not a question of context, rather it’s about consistency and creativity. The unique approach, staying true to your style and standing up for yourself. One Dog Show is about power - who is in and those who are out. One Dog Show is also about printmaking, its process of repetition and going beyond one work into a much larger narrative.
‘I wanted it to make sense and I found myself dreaming about it over and over again and waking up I have to face it. Familiarity breeds acceptance. I knew once I’m familiar with it others will accept it.’ - Sanele
One Dog Show will fill the gallery space with these questions and concerns. Sanele chooses to explore his interests in Pop Art, printmaking and contemporary practice. He asks where do we come from? Where are we going? How will the world of art change? What new discoveries are to be made?
Sanele Omari Jali was born 1984 Port Shepstone, KwaZulu Natal and graduated from the Univeristy of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus with a BA Fine Art Degree majoring in Fine Art and Art History in 2010. Sanele specialised in printmaking with a major interest in Lithography as a focus medium. Sanele has worked as a printmaker at the University of KwaZulu Natal Centre for Visual Arts, as well as at LL Editions as a Studio Printer 2014. Since 2015 he has worked as a freelance Master Printer at Prints On Paper, based at the Assemblage Studios in Ferreirasdorp Johannesburg.
Sanele will be available at the space most days for the run of the show.
Exhibition ends 31 October 2016.
Venue details: The Assemblage artshub can be found at 7 Alexander St, Corner Marshall and Alexander Streets, Ferreirasdorp
For further information on the exhibition and to request images contact firstname.lastname@example.org