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The Benediction of Shade | David Krut Projects

William Kentridge, Universal Archive (Big Tree)

William Kentridge, Universal Archive (Big Tree)

 

The group exhibition, The Benediction of Shade, opens at David Krut Projects in Cape Town this Saturday. The show features a large selection of artists who have engaged with the figure, idea or metaphor of the forest or the tree in different ways and through various media.

 

Artists include Ryan Arenson, Beth Armstrong, Lynda Ballen, Emalie Bingham, Stuart Cairns, Vanessa Cowling, Faith47, Justin Fox, Mischa Fritsch, Stephen Hobbs, William Kentridge, Francois Krige, Carla Liesching, Dillon Marsh, Joshua Miles, Andrzej Nowicki, Dan Perrone, J. H. Pierneef, Gregor Rohrig, Sean Slemon, Sydelle Willow Smith, Subtle Agency, Lyn Smuts, Gary Stephens, Chris Swift and Alastair Whitton.

 

About the exhibition:

 

The methodology of the exhibition is iconic, as opposed to thematic – a curatorial approach that allows for the unpicking and unfolding of the complex connotative potential of a broad and universal signifier. Historically, the forest is a meaningful symbol in many cultures and is currently contentious as a metaphor for sustainable resources, of which generations’ worth of reckless handling threatens our survival as a global community. However, beyond the myriad cultural, historical, social and political readings that can be exposed by this approach, the forest as a receptacle of human creativity and imagination reveals itself as especially significant, in this time of globalisation, when notions of firm and fixed identities become increasingly unstable. 

 

The exhibition is presented as a dense and overgrown forest of imaginative engagements – an approach that is particularly compelling at a time when the forest, as a source of wonder and meaning as well as political contention disappears daily from the earth. This transformed imaginative potential that the forest represents becomes increasingly important as we acknowledge the need to discover more cultivating synergetic means.

 

In an effort to harness the positive social activism geared towards greening and sustainable living, David Krut Projects has collaborated with Greenpop. At the exhibition visitors can sign up to either ‘gift’ a tree to one of Greenpop’s planting projects or to help out themselves. R100 will also be added to the value of each artwork, entitling the buyer to a tree for which they will receive a certificate with GPS co-ordinate details.

 

Opening Details:

 

Date: Saturday 11 May 2013 (runs till 31 August)

Time: 11am

Place: David Krut Projects Cape Town, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands

Performance by ||Hui !Gaeb di Khoen (Cape Town’s People) featuring !Hunib !Gû-Kheosab (Bradlox Vans) on vocals and !Nomab Boesman (Colin Meyer) on mouth bow

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Joshua Miles, ‘Off Centre’

Joshua Miles, ‘Off Centre’

Carla Liesching, ‘Camoflauge’

Carla Liesching, ‘Camoflauge’

Vanessa Cowling, ‘Broken Beautiful’

Vanessa Cowling, ‘Broken Beautiful’

Dan Perrone, 'Warm Static'

Dan Perrone, ‘Warm Static’

 



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