30 Aug Maja Maljević’s Ex Nihilo at David Krut Projects
Belgrade-born, Joburg-based artist Maja Maljević opens her first solo show in Cape Town, Ex Nihilo, at David Krut Projects this Saturday.
About the work:
The term ex nihilo, most commonly used in association with concepts of creation of the universe, is a Latin phrase meaning “out of nothing.” Outside of religious and theological contexts, the term is often used to describe anything – a topic of conversation, a solution to a problem – that appears to have no referent or antecedent, therefore seeming to come into existence independently. In this sense, the term is appropriate to the paintings and drawings of Maja Maljević.
Although the universe that Maljević creates appears referentially disconnected from the world she inhabits, common threads bind the two. Investigations of the notion of beauty are carried out through faithfulness to Golden ratio proportions and balance of line and colour, for instance.
We think we may recognise a television test pattern, a chess board, an aeroplane or a snow man, but following conventional associations with these things ultimately leads nowhere. Maljević is not concerned that the shapes or drips or blocks of colour might resemble things in the world outside the painting – the work is a world in and of itself, appearing to have sprung up ex nihilo.
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Details of the show:
Date: 1 September
Place: David Krut Projects Cape Town, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue
The exhibition runs till 13 October