STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND is the first solo exhibition of Anet Duncan (south Africa) in the Netherlands.. A selection of new work, from abstract to recognisable landscapes and portraits with a dominant colour of Yellow.
The exhibition can be visited from the 26th of January until the 20th of February 2019 at PontArte Kapoenstraat 29 Maastricht
The artist will be present at the opening on January 26th 16.00 hrs.
Why Stranger in a Strange Land?
Stranger in a Strange Land is a 1961 science fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians. The title of the book comes from the bible, old testament Exodus 2:22 and refers to the son of Moses who was born after they came in Egypt.
The book and title have inspired many artists, there are over 10 songs listed in Wikipedia with this title and even television series are based on it. Anet Duncan found inspiration in the title and in the word inventions in the book. The book contains invented words by Heinlein, one of them being Grok, what made it into the dictionary. It means to be with, to comprehend, to love.. And Anet Duncan took this as Groc, Catalan for Yellow and currently the sign used in the independence movement in Catalonia for liberating the politicians who are in prison. But then Yellow has many other significations, from sunny and happy emotions to wisdom and reason.
The exhibition doesn’t want to make a political statement, but does want us all to look at our world as if we are Strangers in a Strange Land. The artist shows us a different way of looking at our environment.
Anet Duncan was born in South Africa nd grew up there but lives since the 1970’s in Europe. First in France and since the 1980’s in Barcelona.
As daughter of a painter, she always has been painting and drawing. Her life is as a painter and she never has seen herself in any other profession. She finds inspiration working, alone in her studio or listening to music.
Her first show was in Dunkirk, France, many years ago and since then her work has been shown in France and Spain on a regular basis. In June 2013 she showed her work in Casa Elizalde in Barcelona and in April 2014 she showed her work in the Quiosc Gallery en Tremp.
Besides many shows, he has won many awards: A small selection is: IX Premio de pintura Honda 2007, Premio Centelles, LXII edición, mención Honorifica.
Premio Salou de investigación Pictórica, 1er premio Ceferino Olivé Reus, 2003.
Her work can be defined as poetic abstract and consists of painting, watercolor and sculptures.
It is said that the work of Anet makes you feel peaceful when you look at it.
In December 2013 PontArte was founded by Marieke Severens and started in Alella, Spain, close to Barcelona with 7 artists living and working in Barcelona, it was rapitly expended to 12 artists and in the first days many studio visits and exhibitions where held, using a Pop Up model, without having a fixed exhibition space.
In 2015 PontArte continued as gallery in Maastricht, where the link with Barcelona and the artists remains but to which 3 Dutch artists have been added in the past period. PontArte now represents 15 artists.
PontArte is a gallery with art from the 21st century that works with international artists with whom there is a close bond. PontArte wants to show that there is room for contemporary art in our present time and that that is more than a nice picture on the wall.
Opening ANET DUNCAN: STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND 26 January 16.00 hrs.
The exhibition will be held from January 26 til February 20th, 2019
Open Thu-Fri-Sat 11-17 hrs. and on appointment.
Kapoenstraat 29, 6211 KV Maastricht
More information or images: [email protected] or call +31(0)6-37403499. Or on our website
You can find the works and artists as well on Artsy, the online platform for contemporary art.