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Hanno van Zyl

The graphic dialogue of everyday objects by Hanno van Zyl

Hanno van Zyl illustrates mundane objects which, when put together, speak volumes about economic disparity, opulence and the shadier side of socio-economics. His new exhibition Pay Dirt explores everyday objects and spaces; discarded trash, spaza shop trinkets, inner city structures and wealthy home facades all become part of the rich cultural environment he draws from to create a graphic dialogue. 

“Hanno’s hand-drawn aesthetic is characterised by starkly rendered line drawings that invite a dispassionate gaze at the banal, thereby highlighting themes of social stratification, fear, economic disparity and violence. His pared down, black and white, brush and ink works also reference older 70s and 80s reproduction methods and shows the informed influence of a rich South African heritage of graphic art. His work is process driven, timely and sophisticated, combining a study of Visual Communication Design at the University of Stellenbosch with an unwavering exploration of the societal underbelly,” reads his artist bio. 

Being an independent designer and illustrator has allowed him to work across disciplines ranging from illustration to typography and identity design. Hanno works from the collaborative studio space, Only Today in Cape Town. Pay Dirt features a host of his B&W drawings on paper and shows from 2 – 28 August at Salon 91.

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‘Money Spell’

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‘Helen Suzman Blvd’

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‘Caprice’

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‘Ocean View’

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‘2Step’

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‘Dolphin’

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‘Minimum Wage’

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