Gerry Smith


Neville Gabie
Nachum's Coat

10 June to 8 July 2023

 Nachum's Coat

Neville Gabie  Nachum


Private View: Friday 9 June - 6 to 9pm

Nachum's Coat, Neville Gabie's third solo exhibition at the gallery, will comprise recent works made in the UK and South Africa, as well as historic works made soon after the first democratic elections in South Africa. Covering a period of over twenty-five years, the exhibition will shed light upon the personal and autobiographical side of Gabie's well established practice characterised by public, socially engaged commissions.

Including a mix of film-based performance, photographic works, drawings and archival collections, the exhibition will present Gabie's recent studio practice featuring Experiments in Black and White XXX - Part 2, developed from a research project with UCL into the impact of Motor Neurone Disease. Through Mrs Begum's experience, the work invites the viewer to think about one's inherent vulnerability and frailty.

Mapping the artist's body in space, the recent drawings made with black biro pens and beeswax will further reveal both a physical and cosmic materiality, evoking 'inward and outward looking into a largely unknown territory or space'.

A leaflet featuring commissioned writings by independent curator and writer Tessa Jackson, and artist and educator Mark Dunhill, will be available during the exhibition.

Neville Gabie (born in Johannesburg, South Africa) has an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London 1986/88. His work is included in Tate Gallery, Arts Council Collections and The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Working in a range of media from sculpture to film and photography Neville Gabie's practice is frequently inspired by a response to specific locations or situations. Often developed over a sustained period of involvement with site, local community groups and other creative and academic professionals, his projects value collaboration as key to their success. From highly urbanised to distantly remote locations, his work is a response to the vulnerability of place. His interest is in establishing a working relationship within a particular community as a means of considering its physical, cultural, or emotional geography.

Current Projects
Living Language Land - with Philippa Bayley, and the British Council
Factory Works- a commission by Factory International, Manchester
At Sea - a new commission for Hull Maritime Museum
Two Posts and a Field - publication by Neville and Stephen Done, published by Pitch Publications