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The show is bound together by a group of artists tugging towards the human form. As much as the exhibition is about the portrayal of humanity, it is also about the artists’ personal journey within the self.
Each artists’ uniqueness of vision is fused with their passion for their chosen material. At times, manipulation of material describes the artists’ relationships with the human form as much as the chosen subject.
On the show are printmakers, painters and sculptors from all over the country. Included are,Christiaan Diedericks, Ledelle Moe, Vulindlela Nyoni, Niel Jonker, Grace Kotze, Peter Rippon, Elizabeth Balcomb, Sarah Lovejoy and Sandra Hanekom.
Homosapien promises to be a show of great substance due to the individual’s relentless investigation into the captivating subject of the human form. Curated by Grace Kotze, the exhibition is housed in the KZNSA Gallery and runs from 13 August to 1 September 2013.
Through painting portraits, I am paying homage to the subject and also serving my own personal growth, of reassessing my own bearings. The human form and emotional/intellectual self, provides me with unending curiosity and wonder. Every new subject opens doors through which I attempt to gain new insights. The individual’s postures, expressions and forms are specific to their makeup. Thus making it impossible to tire of the examining and deciphering of the correlation between the subjects physical and internal self.
“The portrait” is a means of gaining personal clarity, even if it is the unravelling’s of the next clue to which a greater understanding of the human nature may be gathered. Gaining insights into others, leads to my own personal understanding of the self.
I often hang images of my physical surrounds next to those of the human form. This is an expansion of “the portrait” although the environmental paintings do not include that of the human form. One’s environment is genre that is as much about one’s self as human anatomy. We constantly examine and reassess our own perceptions through our environments. Thus painting these external forms new barriers start loosening that lead to greater understanding of the self. – Grace Kotze, Artist Statement
“In my work, time and space appear to dissolve, and an air of conflict erupts. This is often a direct result of a personal aim to calm and disturb at the same time – drawing parallels between the two extremes of utopia and dystopia. There is always a secondary narrative in my work. The primary narrative has symbolic authority and aesthetic promise, although the mysterious secondary narrative exists in order to provoke thought in the viewer.
In many ways I aim to ‘rewrite’ history in my work and the dominant sense of self-awareness that informs most Western art practices. I am trying to present contemporary issues such as Difference as timeless, by situating my vocabulary of images and themes in an organic flux of dreams, history, news, commercial detritus, hyper-reality, and unvoiced feelings and forces of biological nature/desire.” – Christiaan Diedericks, Artist Statement
For Homosapien Neil presents a selection of bronzes as well as a couple of earth-case sculptures and one missed media.
This series of heads evoke the spirit of burials and embalmed pasts. The earth aggregate was salvaged from rural ruins of a farm homestead where the artist felt a strong sense of regard for the implied memories contained in the walls of a home that held years of family life. Half the head is the sleeping portrait of a rural youngster living on a farm near the artist’s home, the other half an expression of the dream of what rests beneath the surface of the subject’s visible life.
: constitutionally delicate
Ive been invited to be in a show with a group of artists whose work I love. Curated by the amazing Grace Kotze, its set for mid August 2013. Got to go big! Here’s what Im thinking-
Honoured to be a part of this, here’s Design Indaba’s press release -
Guest edited by Richard Hart and designed by Disturbance, Where It’s At is the first in a series of limited editions inspired by Design Indaba magazine.
Where It’s At is the first publication to follow on from Design Indaba magazine. Curated by Richard Hart – Durban designer, artist and co-founder of Disturbance design studio – it features articles, profiles, conversations and bespoke, fold-out posters, in a snapshot of contemporary South African design, and how it plays out in a global context.
Through Design Indaba magazine’s last edition, guest edited by food designer Marije Vogelzang, we came to realise that voices like hers, indeed of all our Design Indaba alumni, are far more interesting than our own. This has inspired us to pass the creative role of curatorship onto them.
And so we say goodbye to Design Indaba magazine, but as we do so, we welcome in a new publication: a bespoke, limited edition, guest edited by a member of our extended design network.
Design Indaba 2011 Conference speaker Richard Hart is the first to take the reins for this limited edition. Entitled Where It’s At, Richard’s guest-edited publication will be launched at Design Indaba 2012. Only 3000 copies are being printed and it will be on sale for R200.
Where It’s At is a phenomenal, totally innovative publication. It draws on the fabric of South African design – describing it, engaging with it, illustrating it and interrogating it.
A weighty, veritable manual to South African design, Where It’s At features articles that include:
- An overview of the South African creative community, including a directory of key players and an overview of prevailing trends
- A series of profiles of emerging designers as nominated by established industry leaders
- Conversations between leading South Africa creative who have taken their talents to the world stage
- Opinions on Africa from international design commentators including Julie Lasky and Lynda Relph-Knight
- Proposals from leading South African designers on creating a better Africa.
In addition to this compilation of intriguing reading material, Richard Hart has also commissioned 28 South African artists and designers to create posters that are included within the pages of the publication. Each two-colour, gatefold poster adds a tangible, illustrative quality to the ideas and debates under discussion.
The publication’s dust cover is the perfect final touch to this work of art. An intricate full-colour, folded design, it opens up to reveal a full map of Africa.
Where It’s At is an important publication as it serves to take stock of where South African design is at today. Simultaneously, it forces us to ask where we are headed with it into our future. South Africa’s creative resources should be our country’s greatest export, and it is important to get a sense of where we are today in order to achieve this dream.
Following on from this inaugural limited edition, future Design Indaba publications could take on any number of forms: a DVD, a documentary, a coffee-table book, a poster collection, even an audio file. Format neutral, its fundamental goal is to embody innovative ways to bring thought leadership to you. No need to predefine that by prescribing shape or form.
These subsequent versions of Design Indaba’s limited edition are still in the realm of dialogue. We are, as always, wide open to suggestion if you have any ideas you’d like to share.