Eclectica Contemporary is honoured to announce the opening of Redemptive Beauty, a group exhibition featuring: Leila Fanner, Jess Holdengarde , Stephane Conradie, Sue Greeff and Janna Prinsloo
Beauty is relative and changes as does fashion. Art, often thought of as the exemplary case of the aesthetic, does not implicate a definite notion of beauty and the so-called classical is no longer a tenable notion. This was made palpably obvious with Duchamp’s Ready-mades and later pop art and the resultant breakdown of a rigid distinction between art and life.
However, to complicate the issue when we speak of beauty it need not simply be a reference to formal, surface components, but to an extra-aesthetic dimension in which case one might speak of the beauty of an idea or the opposite, in which case the resultant aesthetic is not free of context in which it is born – beauty itself is thus more than simply the exterior garb. This one might term the postmodern acknowledgement that local histories rather than global, overarching truths and corresponding constructs of beauty mean that, at best, the aesthetic dimension ought not be considered the final word or rather the visual correlate of a or any system. There is thus no necessary ultimate form or conception of what is beautiful.
Beauty as redemption may be a lie, a veneer and surface that masks (or reveals) an ideological system bent on power and coercion. And beauty can be redemptive if it is defined in terms of a logical truth perhaps in the form of a mathematical equation or a more emotive one, like an honest smile to another. Art often sees the ugly truth. Beauty can be canonised and art its favourite emissary. But perhaps most significantly, art may offer new visions of beauty qua truth/s.