In a world where lines are often blurred and circumstances are more frequently confronted by knee-jerk reactions, Variation/ Distinction considers the personal narrative within this – from abstracted figurative sculptures to portrait paintings and deeply intimate video installations. Exploring the personal means that artists are able to tap into the resources most easily available to them, while also catalyzing an interaction of tense self-reflection. Both easy and harshly challenging, confronting and exploring the personal results in a complexly relatable set of ideas and notions. All people uncover and explore their own identity in different ways but the singular connector of self-study is a key thread that wraps around us all. As such, the artworks presented in this exhibition of three unique artists, weaves a narrative of personal focus that is aware of and often articulates the distinction and variation of the lines that connect us and lead us down paths of exploration.
While posing the question of distinction, this exhibition also calls the viewer’s attention to the variation in material traces of history, through the work of each different artist. Anthony Lane’s sculptures describe movement by considering simple materials and shapes, which allude to the human form encompassing variation by virtue of the simplicity of form. Anthony Lane works across a variety of sculptural styles and modes as an artist but is also a skilled master draughtsman and designer. His work exemplifies an attentive approach to artmaking that is deeply concerned with form and representation, exploring subjects and themes through shapes and colours.
Duduza Mchunu, a recent fine art graduate who works across a variety of creative mediums from fashion, to acting to print making and sculpture, presents a video piece verging the line between art and documentary, present and future. Her piece explores the notion of being a shape-shifter, speaking in tongues, and what that means as a form of power and as a way of survival. Her work speaks to recovering and creating a 'self' from a non-existent place. Drawing from the notion that the existence of blackness in the world is an impossibility, the work explores distortion, discomfort and disorientation within the body, while holding onto the magic of movement and variation.
Vincent Osemwegie explores faces in their complexities and lines and variety. Concerned with notions of innocence, Vincent Osemwegie presents expressions comprised of lines and tones, painting emotion and questions. Pondering on the presence of choice within lived experience – questioning whether we can ever understand what lies behind appearances. Through monotone imagery, the paintings are vibrant with movement in the marks and gestures utilized.
As an exhibition of three artists, this show presents an opportunity for different mediums to be experienced through the distinct artistic voices that each present. The works revolve around crucial questions of existence, resistance, representation and visualization. The distinction of each artist results in a possibility for an appreciation of variation.