The show will run from 17th to 28th September at Ruth Prowse School of Art. A Launch at RPSA on 22nd September starting at 10 am all are welcome!
The exhibition “Faith” is the culmination of two months of preparation and of a lifetime of experiences. The exhibition celebrates a common belief in a show and the coming together and staying together of diverse artists.
The curator, Katrin Dorje, developed the underlying theme of “head hunting”, and looking at heads as objects, as subject and as metaphor by having content- thought. Gary Frier and Abigail Harper both offered heads. Gary Friar who Katrin met by chance at Art B offered a realistic portrait of artist David Koloane. Abigail Harper artwork of her brother poetically called Ben The Sea Inside her work draws on themes of landscape and individuals reinventing themselves.
Taking the structure of the head one step further it could be viewed as a house with many rooms that store the experiences that happen over time. Angus Buchanan uses deserted houses and towers as metaphors of structures forsaken with only desert sand shifting through.
Jill Trappler does not focus on the architectural structure but rather the people, how they connect and the relationship woven around them. Each person is real but also a vessel that evokes memories of past ladies and society. Drawing is always held in high regard as it reflects in a physical activity the social connections being formed in her classes.
Max Wolpe has offered a print made in 1993 called And The Sun Shall Never Set. Max's work drawn on his ongoing participation in The Cape Town Art World. In this print he depicts a man standing and alone in a busy environment in soft pastel hues. Business Rabbit has re-entered another show and is still navigating the edge between digital and hand-made techniques, how to bring ingenuity and haphazard mechanical creativity into the sleek streamlined digital world.
All artists showing works in print with manual processes that extend the thought process over time. The techniques range from etching to aquatint to lithography to chine collé to sugar lift and linocut. The prints explore the old labour intensive print mediums requires an operating studio and working press, to those which are more immediate such as digital where no manual labour happens in mark making.