The group exhibition “Unfolding Fibre” opens tonight at the Pretoria Art Museum.
Down below is a link to the e-catalogue for those of you who (like myself) cannot make it to this show. Enjoy!
Dear friends, the “Desire” group exhibition opened recently at the Association of Arts in Pretoria. I am super excited to share the online catalogue with you today!:
If you would like a ‘hard’ copy…here is what the curator Johan Conradie has to say:
The DESIRE group exhibition e-catalogue is out and looking MIGHTY FINE, thanks to the amazing talent of the artists on board and the diligent work by Karl Gustav on the layout. The show is on at Association of Arts Pretoria from 14 October – 2 November, and not to be missed! Normally “silence is golden”… Not in this case 😉 Please let us know what you think… (Hard copies of the catalogue can be ordered by dropping Nandi an email at firstname.lastname@example.org clearly marked as “DESIRE catalogue order”. Price per unit: R180. 60 full-colour pages in Velvet finish. Please provide your name, contact number and email address. Clear instructions will be send to you regarding payment and collection details. The catalogue will go into print end Oct, so place your order as soon as possible. Limited copies available).
Ruan Janse van VuurenINVESTORS LOUNGE:
From the shrunken heads of the Amazon to the spun-sugar calavera candies of a Mexican November or the bleached bones of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, skulls have long exerted a mystical pull on the human imagination. They have also been eternally attractive to students of pure science through the ages; every feature from the shape of sagittal ridges to the functions of cerebral cortexes have been and continue to be studied in laboratories, in the most minutely intimate detail.
This spirit of memento mori (Latin for ‘remember [that you have] to die’) as well as momento vivere (Latin for ‘remember [that you must live]’),, is fundamental to the iconography of the skull, making it a shorthand – and focal point – for our own obsession with (im)mortality. Like Hamlet, we hold up Yorick’s skull, and try to make sense of our pointless, transient lives.
It is the ultimate equalizer; permanently en courant, whether sashaying the catwalk on Alexander McQueen’s scarfs, bags and rings, or in the most bejeweled and bewitching of all its forms such as Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull For the Love of God, 2007. Perhaps these popular cultural references are the most resonant of all – as Dia de Muertos’ dissolving sugar skull reminds us that nothing can perpetuate our existence forever.
In essence then, the skull is the ultimate tabula rasa, reminding us with its relentless anonymity, ambiguity and androgyny that in death we are all equal. Our differences – in colour, creed, social status or wealth – will dissolve like the flesh from our bones, and kings, lawyers and servants will all be reduced to the same essential structure at the last.
Evoking admiration, awe and morbid fascination, the skull endures as a macabre, unifying symbol of the human condition, inviting interpretation at every turn whilst denying that any reading can ever be definitive. It is provocative. Inevitable. A relic of our past and an omen of our unavoidable future.
The skull is one of man’s oldest and most powerful symbols. It has a long and varied history of use with multiple overlapping interpretations. Most commonly it is seen as a representation of death and mortality, but it has many other uses including:
– To invoke fear or caution.
– To celebrate the memory of the dead.
– To celebrate life.
– As a symbol of vanity.
– As a symbol of life after death.
– As a symbol of change.
– As a means of obtaining good luck or avoiding bad luck.
– As a symbol of toughness, machismo, courage, bravery or indifference to death and danger.
– As a symbol of nonconformity, free-thinking, and rebelliousness.
– For popular appeal and fashion.
– As pure decoration especially as tattoos.For more information contact DF Contemporary Gallery.