Craig Muller - Inter-Apocalyptic Bliss
Muller, who describes himself as rather curious, overphilistic and cynical, makes use of his extraordinary drawing abilities to create inventive and pensive visual narratives.
He claims that story telling is not factual, but a colouring of words, the shaping of letters and the markmaking of sounds . The random happening of marks and tones within an artwork are mathematical fractals, flavours beyond rendition and documentary photos. And in titling, as a component of the work, we are reminded that someone is watching and trying to comprehend and describe.
Willem Pretorius - Monument
Willem Pretorius is a well-known mid-career artist hailing from Rosendal, Free State. His medium is oil on canvas and his style can best be described as contemporary or observational realism. He finds inspiration in the smells and sights of these small towns and his depiction of them on canvas, is that of a local and not merely a tourist or casual passer by. His work has a strong South African vernacular and his reference is taken on the many road trips he takes with his family.
His theme is mainly concerned with the "platteland" and it's changing landscapes. It can be seen as a type of visual diary where he documents a specific time and place in our history and in doing so, remembering. It also reminds us of our own transcience and mortality. Everything is temporary.
Therefore the exhibition's title: "Monument".These paintings bear witness of our country's landscape as the artist sees it. A monument can be defined as an enduring or memorable example of something. A testament, record, reminder, remembrance. For example the abandoned pools are a monument to a past era in SA's history.
Penny Simpson - The Green Room
Cape Town based artist Penny Simpson makes use of a life spent in the Theatre to pay tribute to some of the many talented creative
Participating: Craig Muller, Willem Pretorius and Penny Simpson
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Address: 10 wellington road, durbanville
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Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:00. Saturday 09:00 - 13:00.
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