Io Makandal’s drawings and paintings can superficially appear like doodles on a pad in a waiting room. Varying lines and marks, made by pens and pencils, are clustered and randomly composed, as if created by different people at long intervals. Makandal’s obsession with the urban landscape explains her childlike or seemingly random stream of consciousness mark-making with disparate materials and forms bound together in the build environment. She makes this point quite literally in her solo exhibition, Entropy into a Third Landscape, at the Kalashnikovv Gallery in Johannesburg, where she has erected an installation consisting of urban and personal detritus. Broken concrete, wire, a faux marble print and degraded gateposts are composed in an abstract installation. It also, curiously, includes a clump of cat hair over which a magnifying glass is placed – perhaps drawing attention to the way in which we privilege personal attachments or animal life. Dubbed Caim, the installation will hel...

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