08 Apr Transformative | A Show by Paul Senyol & Wesley van Eeden
A collaborative show by artists Paul Senyol (CT) and Wesley van Eeden (Durban) opens at /A WORD OF ART this Thursday evening.
For the show, titled “Transformative”, Paul and Wesley explored the notions of reality and society in a constant stage of change. Wesley taken by the idea of how something we do today will have a certain influence on the way we live tomorrow and for many years to come and Paul taking a deeper look at the very fabric of his everyday life and those who orbit his existence as a starting point for working towards a final outcome.
The two artists have exhibited together many times before. Their previous experiences working together have resulted in a limited edition art pack including an A2 poster on archival paper, a printed T-shirt and a 16 page zine showcasing photographs of their residency in Finland, work from previous exhibitions, sketches, emails between each other and sources of inspiration for this exhibition.
About the artists:
Senyol became exposed to the creativity of graffiti and street artists such as Marc Gonzales, Ed Templeton, and Barry McGee who all formed part of his early art education. He was later moved by the creative thought and artistic genius of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Cy Twombly.
His lack of formal training and schooling has given him the freedom to break away from traditional notions of painting, to explore genres and styles, and to meld mediums, allow him complete creative freedom. Senyol is primarily concerned with the aesthetics of how something looks, feels, forms shape, lines and expresses colour.
Wesley van Eeden, like Senyol, was also drawn to the freedom and excitement surrounding the skateboarding world from a young age – wanting desperately to grow up to become a professional skateboarder. This formative vision unknowingly introduced van Eeden to his next passion, art, while experimenting with painting his own graphics onto his boards.
This also served as his first introduction into the DIY ethics of Punk Rock which revealed to him that anyone could become an artist if they wanted to. With a formidable drive and rich visual vision van Eeden has developed his own personal aesthetic over the years through his exploration with themes such as rebirth, forgiveness, loss, love and value.
A strong part of his creative process is to work from found objects and then incorporate his own sketches, first exploring the landscape of what is available and then adding to that.
Opening reception: April 11th, 7pm
Show runs: April 11th – May 25th, 2013
Facebook event page.
Limited edition art pack (R600):
Contact Elmarie at /A WORD OF ART (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book yours. Both artists would like to thank RVCA and the Artist Network Programme for supporting the project.