South African artist Usha Seejarim, will present her latest solo exhibition, Transgressing Power, at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg on 8 June 2019, at 11h00. This will be Seejarim’s first solo exhibition with SMAC Gallery.
Seejarim was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Dak’Art Biennale Sculpture Prize in Dakar, Senegal; and winner of the Tomorrow’s/Today Prize for her installation, Keepers of the Common, at the 2018 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Seejarim is best known for her reinterpretation of ordinary and domestic objects. Making use of common materials such as safety pins, wooden pegs, irons and brooms, her compositions result from repetitive acts of mark making – alluding to themes related to time, chance, space and displacement. Alexandra Dodd writes in the exhibition’s accompanying text, “Three evolving bodies of work come together in this solo exhibition by Usha Seejarim – peg, broom head, broom stick. Utility and functionality take on intriguing poetic qualities, transforming domestic quietism into a mysterious material language of wit, force, sensuousness and defiance.”
“In this solo exhibition, Seejarim takes her material play with the broom into fresh territory with a new series of sculptures forged from the wood of the broomstick. These wooden bead works threaded on wire introduce a playful new element – an exploration of the abstract possibilities of line and shape on their own terms,” writes Dodd.
Transgressing Power will be on show at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg until 13 July 2019. For more information, HR images or any other requests, please contact Bridget Penny via [email protected].