End sheet is a group exhibition which opened yesterday at the ArtEC gallery in Port Elizabeth.
End Sheet 2014
As the final exhibition on the artEC calendar for 2014 we thought it fitting to make reference to the final page of every book, the page that, despite being devoid of textual content, marks an assimilatory shift from book into life. The End Sheet binds not only the physical book, the cover to the text-pages, but also denotes the transition from text into life marking the readers contribution to authorship.
Reading a book is by no means a linear retracing of its author’s intentions but rather an interpretative appropriation of the text, which produces a different text in the mind of each reader, the last page holds a revolutionary event: the constant dialogue between author and reader.
The words read interweave, wrap themselves in the feelings, the experiences and knowledge of the reader, a mesh of two worlds that forms and opens new imaginary spaces. Are there interfaces, overlays or points of the world of the reader with the world of the author, enabling the formation of a new reality?
How far is it possible to capture the new imagery? …
Artists were invited to submit the results of their obsessions on paper. The torn, pressed, ripped, wrinkled and stained drawings, prints and illustrations for an exhibition that celebrates paper.
Young wife: Choice of husband. Embroidery on rubber and altered page. 2014
Young wife: Open your mouth. Embroidery on rubber and altered page. 2014
Young wife: instrument of torture. Embroidery on rubber, altered page. 2014
The following works are now on show as part of a group show called: “Parergons fo the divine Virgule” at the ArtEC gallery in Port Elizabeth:
“Astonishment” Collage from journal/sketchbook
“Danger lurking” Collage from journal/sketchbook
The press release by the gallery:
An Exhibition incompletely framed by the notion of Process, Everything but the ‘Final’, crystallized “masterpiece” that the artist generally offers for convenient consumption.
The Exhibition, thus, reflects the artist’s varied attempts at giving form to thinking, at finding a reasonable visual supplement to their insubstantial thoughts.
The Exhibition does not care to claim that these relics/fragments and exiles are to be defined as art but instead suggests a more propositional stance; it asks the viewer to realise their role in the artistic equation as these objects and articles reflect the mutability of even that sacralised final artwork as it comes into contact with the critical viewer.
The exhibition in totality, like the work that constitutes it reflects a search to alleviate ignorance, it stresses a need for awareness in both viewer and artist, through its definitive incompleteness it allows for unexpected potentials, like the dog eared page in a journal allows ‘other’ ideas to impose themselves unexpectedly on the present.
The works like the Exhibit forces common intimacies and materials into crisis through both accident and intent.
You are invited to gaze through the artist’s own intimate engagement and contribute to the work, to add to its texts and textures, its shallows and its depth and to realize the inherent potentials of some of the work on display while, like artists, choosing to abandon some as anomalies/oddities/unfinished ideas, in a nutshell; to approach the work as life, as a perpetually renewed question.
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