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blank projects: THIS IS THE THING - A group show of new material - 28 Nov 2013 to 11 Jan 2014

Current Exhibition

28 Nov 2013 to 11 Jan 2014

blank projects
113-115 Sir Lowry Road
Cape Town
South Africa
T: +27 21 462 4276
M: +27 72 1989 221

Gerda Scheepers. Abstract Emotional Storage (2013
Acrylic on fabric, wood. 150 x 86 x 24 cm.

Artists in this exhibition: Igshaan Adams, Belinda Blignaut, Jan-Henri Booyens, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kerry Chaloner, Jared Ginsburg, Donna Kukama, Moshekwa Langa, Turiya Magadlela, Misheck Masamvu, Kyle Morland, Gerda Scheepers, James Webb

A group show of new material

Opening Thursday 28 Nov. 2013
as part of Art Week Cape Town 2013
(exhibition closes 11 Jan. 2014)

blank projects is pleased to present This is the thing, an exhibition of new works by the artists of the gallery, and guest artists Dineo Seshee Bopape and Moshekwa Langa. Last year's annual group show, When Form Becomes Attitude, was curated around the formal and conceptual interests of the artists. This year, the works are bound by an emphasis on process and materiality, placing the object, the thing, at the centre of our attention.

Belinda Blignaut translates her interest in the formlessness and abjection of bubblegum 'sculptures' into a new series of misshapen ceramic vessels and slabs that are glazed with a corporeal pink and have embossed into them slogans and impressions made by other objects. She states: "Discovering clay as a material has allowed me to bring a few thoughts together; the emphasis on the importance of process rather than product, a rawness, fragility, plasticity, immediacy, impermanence, materiality, transformation... These kinds of transformations, for me, speak of psychological adaptations and transformations, the impermanent that becomes permanent, remaining part of an adapting whole."

Like Blignaut, Kerry Chaloner's works show a fascination with plastic and plasticity, and the process of molding and transforming pliable materials, whether she is painting or sculpting. Many of her paintings are objectified by the small, insignificant 'things' that accompany them by cluttering the 'viewing space'.

Igshaan Adams tries to make sense of the everyday, found objects that appeal to him for reasons he can't necessarily explain, until he finds them a place in his production. Picking up this thread from his last show, Adams uses mass-produced Islamic religious paraphernalia such as black string curtains and embellishments, forming a translucent hanging column that appears to be vacant of someone.

Gerda Scheepers' recent practice concentrates on the narrative possibilities of visual works and their ability to convey and contain content and information. In a new series entitled Abstract Emotional Storage, the works, made out wood and canvas, and resembling shelving units, are conceived to exist in an explicit place involving surface, space, container,and face.

Dineo Seshee Bopape's The Devil Is In The Details, exhibited earlier this year at Stevenson, is a delicate wall-based installation. The piece forms part of the body of work titled Kgoro ya go tswa: even if you fall from a circle, which Bopape explains was largely inspired by thoughts about memory loss, displacement and the dissolution of context "where it is impossible to hold a cohesive narrative". These ideas are materialized through the heightened sensitivity with which she uses her media in fragmented installations.

Jared Ginsburg's video sculpture, Wire, forms part of an ongoing video series in which he sets out to document objects that "collect themselves"; things, he explains, that resist being discarded. We also show Donna Kukama's The Swing (after after Fragonard) for the first time. The Swing documents the performance in which she threw money to passers-by from her seat on a swing suspended from a Johannesburg bridge.

Moshekwa Langa's whimsical yet considered approach to process and medium is evident in a new series of black and white works on paper, incorporating images culled from the internet and personal archives that are photocopied and reworked into elusive compositions.

Turiya Magadlela presents work fromher recent series, Kaffersheet, which takes its name from the traditional Xhosa cloth sold at fabric shops. This white cloth is juxtaposed with the orange cloth of correctional service uniforms in wall panels fraught with the notions of incarceration in our society, past and present.

Misheck Masamvu's large-scale painting on unstretched canvas melds the abstract and fantastical with questions of the human condition and comments on the political situation of his home country, Zimbabwe.

New work sby Jan-Henri Booyens describe the subtle shift in his practicefrom concerns with graphic pattern and repetition to experiments with texture, line and the properties of paint itself.

Kyle Morland introduces a new element of malleability and kineticism to his characteristically static steel constructions; using brightly colored ratchet straps to connect them, steel elements aremanipulated into seemingly accidentalconfigurations.

James Webb's un-statement tote bags with the slogan 'Nothing To Declare' will also be available.

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