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blank projects: Ian Grose - OTHER THINGS | Abri de Swardt - TO WALK ON WATER - 11 May 2011 to 11 June 2011

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11 May 2011 to 11 June 2011

Opening: Thursday 14 April 2011 at 18:00
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113-115 Sir Lowry road
Cape Town
South Africa
p: +27 72 1989 221

Ian Grose. Twin apparition (The Shining). 2010
Oil on Paper
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Artists in this exhibition: Ian Grose, Abri de Swardt


Opening: Wednesday 11th May 2011 at 18:00
Exhibition closes 11th June

"That translation incurs a loss of detail or meaning is unremarkable. The interest is in the nature of the remnant, the new thing.

In painting from existing images, and understanding myself as a translator of visual material, I have tried to find the embedded counterpoint to the loss of translation, and even the poetry of that loss. This function of painting finds allegories in my subject matter, which serve to represent it: the traces of the departed (whether creases in linen or apparitions), a pregnant absence, an empty room or car filled if only by the products of longing.

If paint itself can function as a signifier of its practice and history, then in erasing an object or person it is also acting as its proxy. It is the substance (and daily practice) that fills the void.

Painting, having died and stuck around, is also a ghost".

(Ian Grose)

'Other Things' is the first solo exhibition of Ian Grose (b. 1985 in Joburg) since completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2010. Subsequent group exhibitions include 'This Must Be The Place' - iArt Gallery, CT, 'Judgement 2011 Case No. 001/05/2008' - Association for Visual Arts Gallery, CT, 'The Night Show: a group exhibition in three parts' - The Goodman Gallery, CT and 'Alptraum!' - Deutscher Kunstlerbund Projektraum, Berlin. He lives and works in Cape Town.

Abri de Swardt - TO WALK ON WATER

Opening: Wednesday 11 May 2011 at 18:00
Exhibition closes 11 June

"To be the best in the world is the biggest challenge.” Bryan Habana

Afoot, walking on water, the bastion of patriarchy has his eyes set on the Elysian promise of the distant horizon and the subsequent virgin soil, but in a blink-of-the-instant he succumbs to the gravitational pull downwards. It is within this bodily immersion into fluidity that an outflow of change occurs: things dissolve, sink, melt and drown; nothing will be the same again.

To Walk on Water is an exhibition of photography and video by Abri de Swardt. Steeped in myth, the body of work draws upon Enlightenment tales of exploration, acts of colonial expansion, baptismal imagery, and the mechanics of inadequacy employed by men’s glossies. In instances of mimicry Bartholomeu Dias, Leda, Christ, Narcissus, Ophelia and Marat are summoned in collages and paper constructions directly unto the body in a move away from the man as island epitome towards a faith in falling. Enigmatic and agitational, De Swardt’s work is viscerally meditative, an aesthetics of drowning.

Abri de Swardt was born in Johannesburg in 1988 and graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts (Fine Art) cum laude at Stellenbosch University where he is currently pursuing an Honours in Visual Studies. Significant participation in projects includes a residency at Liza Grobler’s Visitor at the Irma Stern Museum in October 2009; Mixtape Mobile Cinema, a travelling compendium of video art at the 2010 Grahams Town National Arts Festival; Anja de Klerk’s proposed curatorial project on the shortcomings of the South African art system, Art Now Now: the horse knows the way, presented at the ICI, New York, in June 2010; and KR!SP at art.b gallery in 2011. He has received merit awards at Sasol New Signatures and ABSA L’Atelier in 2009 and 2010 respectively, and was the recipient of the Timo Smuts prize for top Fine Art graduate at Stellenbosch University in 2010.

To Walk on Water will be his first solo exhibition and is accompanied by an electronic catalogue downloadable from the 13th of May onwards. Future projects include an exhibition at the Rooke Gallery, Johannesburg, in October and November.

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