Barnard Gallery is pleased to present its group exhibition, nano- 1.1
A concept of relative simplicity, nano- 1.1 invited artists to zoom in, scale down, shrink, condense, encapsulate and compact; submitting works no larger than 20 x 20 cm. The exhibition is an opportunity to play with scale, to explore what effects it has for both artist and viewer, and what new parameters it may set for the curator and the gallery space.
Smaller works immediately require and create a greater intimacy with the viewer, compelling us to come closer, look closer, stay longer. While large, expansive works keep us at a distance, smaller works activate interiority and introspection. They require a sharper focus, a keener gaze, a lingering attention. Playing into our fascination with the miniature, small works conjure whimsy, a sense of the magical, a playfulness. But profundity need not be reserved only for the grandiose, and by requiring an economy of expression from the artist, smaller works are also often surprisingly affecting and impactful.
The exhibition features over 50 artists including Katherine Spindler, Robyn Penn, Sarah Biggs, Richard Mudariki, Nicholas Hales, Gabrielle Raaff, Lauren Palte, Zarah Cassim, Natasha Norman, Jean Brundit, Colijn Strydom, Svea Josephy, Fanie Buys, Kirsten Lilford, Gitte Moller, Julia Swanepoel Pepler, Barbara Wildenboer, Rose Mudge, Ashley Walters, Claire Johnson, Alastair Whitton, Alice Toich, Sue Greeff, Hanien Conradie, Isabella Kuijers, Gina Niederhumer, Lien Botha, Katherine Bull, Alexia Vogel, Paul Senyol, Mia Chaplin, Daniel Maggs, Jordan Sweke, Stephen Inggs, Anton Karstel, Marsi van de Heuvel, Cathy Layzell, Ryan Hewett, Karin Daymond, Benny Buckle, Gerick Terblanche, Fritha Langerman, Justin Dingwall, Matthew Hindley, MJ Lourens, Dominique Edwards, Grace Cross, Sorrel Hofmann, Michal Kruger, Louis Nel, Swain Hoogervorst, Tom Cullberg, Jeanne Gaigher and Michaela Younge.