DKP is pleased to present artists Mary Wafer, Quinten Edward Williams, Maja Maljević, Mongezi Ncaphayi and Endale Desalegn at FNB Joburg Art Fair 2015. This exhibition comprises the work of contemporary painters containing subject matter with underlying socio-political themes. Visual coherence is presented in terms of negating abstraction and figuration.
Mary Wafer creates a dialogue between the blurred and often fragile lines linking order and chaos, as ironically reflected in police brutality and the exploitation of both nature and humanity. Wafer’s current research on John Vorster Square – the police station that embodied the violence of the apartheid system – explores moments along South Africa’s post-democratic timeline in order to interrogate cultural change (or the lack thereof).
Quinten Edward Williams uses the material activity of painting as a way to consider a very human trait: our uncertain experience of the world. In his examination of ideas of landscape and de-territorialisation, the painting process becomes a way to isolate and re-position details of the world. Williams’ participation will consist of a structural installation of paintings.
Maja Maljević asserts herself as creator of a self-sufficient world of colour, shape and line transformed into a visual ensemble that includes the figurative and the abstract, the organic and geometric, the obvious and the elusive.
Mongezi Ncaphayi’s earlier work originates from issues of migration, an unearthing of a collective history of a people displaced from the erstwhile homelands into an urban system and landscape. Even though this is still an important theme for him, Ncaphayi has recently shifted focus to the exploration of visual sound. He is particularly interested in jazz, being a jazz musician as well as visual artist, and his abstract compositions are informed by musical improvisation and interpretation.
In our continued endeavour to collaborate with international artists, and more specifically artists from the African continent, we are delighted to showcase work by Ethiopian painter Endale Desalegn. Desalegn’s work is influenced by the rich culture of his home country, in which a strong sense of mythology is layered with everyday experience. His paintings are a response to changes within his environment, which combine texts and symbols in a meditative practice.
David Krut Projects (DKP) is active in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York. It is an alternative arts resource dedicated to the encouragement, awareness of, and careers in the arts, literature and media. It provides a platform for a collaborative vision in contemporary visual culture. In 2002 David Krut Workshop (DKW) was established in Johannesburg as an experimental intaglio and monotype studio. Master Printer Jillian Ross directs the activities at Arts on Main, and collaborates on fine art editions and unique works on paper with local and international artists.
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