blank is proud to present Jared Ginsburg’s Two Ends of a Line, his latest project in a series of playful investigations into kinetic sculpture. His arrangements,
constructed from bamboo, rubber tubing and found objects, appear arbitrary at first glance but attain the sparse beauty of Minimalist sculptures upon further
inspection, and “have charmed and baffled viewers alike”. Set into motion by small electric motors, the choreographed movements of the works form an
installation that has pathos and humour in equal parts.
Ginsburg is invested in the process of art production as a way of exploring alternative modes of knowledge production and transfer. He recognises art as a tool,
a means to test and probe the world, hoping to nurture strategies for productive engagement with it. In pursuit of this, he creates rules, games and exercises that
propel him into states of play that catalyse reactions between him and his material partner, be it bamboo, ink or paper. The studio is significant in this equation: at
once a laboratory, an instrument and a character in a conversation.
I understand art as a frame allowing a particular attentiveness to the world. In my own practice, irrespective of form, the challenge is one of activating the
alternative, or at least opening up to the potential of something other than what I can see or know now. Indeterminacy, or chance operations within my
processes allow for situations where I can be surprised by the results of my actions.
– Jared Ginsburg
Ginsburg graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Art in 2010, where he won the Michaelis Prize as the top graduate.
In 2013 he was selected by Business Day’s Wanted magazine as a Young African Artist (YAA). Ginsburg has had three solo exhibitions to date, and has participated in
numerous group shows. Ginsburg lives and works in Cape Town. Sean O’Toole, 10 Young African Artists You Should Know, artsy.net