Fried Contemporary is proud to present a group exhibition curated by Dr. Johan Thom opening Thursday 30 August from 6pm-8pm.
Black Humour is meant to refer to idea of ‘Black Humour’ both formally and conceptually. In our contemporary South African context the term ‘Black Humour’ may be read politically too – even as the concept continues to make reference to the darker side of humour generally. In this way notions of humour and blackness may simultaneously be explored as a formal property of things, paint on a canvas, a traumatic situation, and conceptually as a signifier of race, sex, death, the unknown, the macabre and the laughable.
The resulting tension serves for a highly charged situation where politics, the (inter)personal and the practice of art-making all stand precariously balanced on edge. It is here where humour may cheekily intervene, deflating pretensions and momentarily leveling the playing field by introducing the unexpected, the as yet unthought possibility.
The entire exhibition is conceived as an installation in which artworks exploring different aspects of the concept of ‘black humour’ will be placed together in order to generate a dynamic spatial and conceptual dialogue. Artists forming part of the exhibition include:
Bumba & Andre . Cazlynne Peffer . Conrad Botes . Cow Mash
Dylan Graham . Hannalie Taute . Johan Thom . Raimi Gbadamosi
Ricky Burnett . Shenaz Mahomed . Vusi Beauchamp
Alice (in Wonderland): “Who’s to say what is “proper”? What if it was agreed that “proper” was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?”
Anyway…this is not why I write to you today….
“Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. ‘I do”, Alice hastily replied’ ‘at least I mean what I say – that’s the same thing, you know’. ‘Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. ‘Why, you might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see!”. -Lewis Carroll.
I would like to invite you to TWO group exhibitions this month!
Is it “proper” to participate in two exhibitions in the same province, in the same month?
I don’t know if it is ‘proper’ or not, all I know is that I’m feeling blessed.
Alice (in Wonderland): From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be. I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is my dream.
Anyway if you are in the Gauteng area (Pretoria and Johannesburg) on the 7th until the 10th of March 2018… then
YOU ARE INVITED!
Lord Ascot: Charles, you have lost your senses? This picture is impossible.
Charles: Precisely. Gentlemen, the only way to achieve the impossible, is to believe it’s possible.
On that note, I wish you and yours a happy weekend.
I am brainstorming on ways to get myself from the coast to Gauteng for these events, and hope to see you there. fingers crossed. xxx