SMITH Studio is currently having their second group show titled Two which consists of a series of paintings – two per artist – displayed as diptychs. The concept came from the realisation that a viewer may interact with a singular artwork on a one-dimensional basis, resulting in a limited perspective of the piece. However, once a second piece is placed next to it, the viewer is able to have a more holistic experience leading to a clearer understanding of the artist’s intention. The idea is that one’s initial perception of the piece becomes rejuvenated.
Amy Ellenbogen, curator at SMITH, says, “I wanted to explore the notion of duality in subject matter within art. The Pythagorean notion of a dualistic way of life is encompassed in his table of binary oppositions: finite and infinite, odd and even, one and many, right and left, rest and motion, straight and crooked, light and darkness, good and evil.”
Two features a number of emerging artists as well as established artists including Elsabe Milandri, Elize Vossgatter, Karen Cronje, Noeleen Kleve, Sue Kaplan, Thomas Cartwright, Dale Lawrence, Claire Johnson, Franco Fernandes, Renée Rossouw, Jean Matthee, Katherine Bull, Sepideh Mehraban, Lauren Palte, Gabrielle Raaff, Diana Page and Madeline Gorenewald.
View the exhibition at SMITH Studio in Cape Town from 29 September – 17 October.