Sandile Zulu lives and works in Johannesburg. After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in the early 90s he exhibited extensively locally as well as in the United States, Germany, France, Sweden, Scotland and the Seychelles. He has won numerous international awards and is represented in public, corporate and private collections. Michael Stevenson Contemporary is proud to host the first solo show of his work in Cape Town. The exhibition runs from Wednesday July 23 until Saturday August 16.
In the title Points of the Delta Zulu refers to the triangular-shaped land mass of sediment at a river's mouth which accumulates over time and causes a river to disperse into a maze of smaller tributaries before flowing into the sea. Deltas have been of great significance to the development of mankind through agriculture and cultivation, and the fertile soil deposited in the flood plains gave rise to great civilizations along rivers such as the Nile, Tigris-Euphrates, Indus and Huang. The Greek equivalent of the English letter D is Delta and is printed as an equilateral triangle. Another point of reference for Zulu is the 100 million year old star called Delta Cephei which belongs to Population II, a class of old stars found in the core and in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy. In the work for this show Zulu employs both the five pointed star and simpler triangle shape repetitively throughout his large and complex abstract works which he makes using fire, water, earth and air.
The idea of convergence and subsequent dispersal hinted at in the title is also descriptive of the content of the show. Zulu sees his new work as a continuation and partial consolidation of an investigative process started with his first solo exhibition Fire (1995) and continued in his second and third shows Artomic (1997) and Camouflage (1998). In this new work he pulls together the ideas explored in these three projects and delves deeper into his exploration of revolutionary acts and radical transformative processes.