These are not photographs! Photorealist painter Gina Heyer’s second solo exhibition, Order & Division, opens at Brundyn & Gonsalves in Cape Town tomorrow. Gina graduated just last year with a Master of Fine Arts from Stellenbosch University. Currently, she works in Stellenbosch as a full time artist and part-time drawing teacher at Stellenbosch University‚Äôs Visual Arts Department.
These are some of the works that will be on show from the 22nd of August to the 3rd of October. In them, Gina explores the empty corridors and bathrooms of a school building by meticulously rendering them in oil paint.
About the series:
Shaped by human action, these buildings in turn shape those who move through them. Spaces appear as mute holding cells where an individual confronts his or her own anonymity among the masses. Ordered, divided and disciplined, there is safety in the grid, in the architecturally and ideologically defined parameters of the public institution.
A silent drama plays out as linoleum, porcelain and painted walls reflect electric lights and diffused sunlight.¬† Surfaces seductively draw the viewer in but at the same time the cold, hard and repetitive fa√ßades seem to stifle and alienate, reinforcing the sense of absent individuality.¬† An uncomfortable silence is amplified in these still and empty spaces.¬† There is both the urge to stay, to be seen and to escape as windows offer the promise of a world outside the dark solitary refuge.