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TAXI-012 SANDILE ZULU (article first published : 2005-08-1)

Taxi-012 Sandile Zulu is the 12th title in the TAXI Art series and the first book on the work of Sandile Zulu.

Over the last decade, Sandile Zulu has developed a working method that relies as much on rhythm and repetition as it does on the unpredictability of the elements – fire, water, found objects – he uses. He is, as author Colin Richards notes in his meticulously researched essay, a pyromancer, a collector of natural elements, and a scavenger after industrial debris.

Sandile Zulu’s wide-ranging interests in science, astronomy, and pan-African philosophy, and his innovative use of fire have resulted in a body of work that stands up to rigorous interpretation but conveys a profound appreciation of patterns and harmony. Important pieces such as Royal Court Art Work and his Artomic Passages series, attest to a meditative aesthetic philosophy, a disciplined artistic practice, and a keen awareness of the often-difficult relationship between art and society.

Sandile Zulu has participated in numerous group exhibitions both locally and abroad, and his work is in many private and public South African collections. In July 2005, he mounted his first international solo show in London.

Colin Richards has published widely on South African art and curated several major exhibitions. He lectures in art criticism, studio practice, and art theory at the Wits School of Arts, and is a practising artist whose work is included in most major South African public collections.

TAXI-012 Sandile Zulu by Colin Richards - ISBN: 0-958-4688-7-7 is a 95-page full colour publication that retails at R150. It is accompanied by the 16-page Taxi-012 Educational Supplement by Philippa Hobbs - ISBN: 0-958-4688-8-5 – printed in black and white, retailing at R50.




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