Ashley Walters “ Uitsig “ exhibition t the Sanlam Art Gallery, Bellville
24 June- 15 August
Sanlam Art Gallery, 2 Strand Road, Bellville
Contact: Stefan Hundt on 021 947 3359
“ Which Uitsig ? ‘’ I wondered. I am a snotty white person, the only Uistig that I know is in Glacial Look, Land Rover on Valium, sheepdog land, Constantia.
A far cry from the alluring image of threadbare Pink Panther hanging up to dry, with razor wire coils supervising the scene from above.
And a proud brakhond stretching out of its meager kennel,to gaze at a distant spot, somewhere, above the photographer.
There are apparently, other Uitsigs. This one refers to a location in the Cape Flats and along with Delf, Eureka and sundry Mysterious to the Outside World locations, that the Group Areas act created, is revealed in all it’s unique carousel lively glory.
Ashley Walters avoided the use of the lurid and the stereotypical images that would reduce the magic of his environments to a the banality of a tabloid .
Jaroslav Kalac Review : A solo exhibition by Claire Denarie Soffietti at the Cape Gallery,
March 22– 25 April, 2015.
Some exhibitions tend to toy with one’s humility and may tempt the unwary admirer of the works into a ego- slick quagmire of playing “spot the artist’s influence.”
Once the names have been dropped and the sweet air of self satisfaction has been exhaled, there exists a risk that the art itself has paled into playing second fiddle to it’ s possible origins.
Which is a sad fate, for a thing of beauty.
And no doubt a source of chaffing irritation for the artist.
Fortunately, Ms.Soffietti through her work at the Cape Gallery shows an elusive spirit in terms of both style and subject matter and though her influences may be obvious, her novel approach to re creationism often inverts/subverts the invisible hands of the Masters that may hover over her.
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