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An exhibition of works by Terri Broll & Terence King
At: Irma Stern Museum
Dates: 5 - 19 May 2012

Terri Broll and Terence King, two Kwazulu -Natal artists, will be bringing their work to the Irma Stern Museum on the 5th of May. Both artists are academically trained and work primarily in the medium of painting. Both artists share a commitment to the importance of the human mark in its ability to communicate a unique intimacy between artist and viewer. A common aspect of their work can be described as compositional figuration in abstracted contexts. Both artists are widely exhibited and have work in collections both abroad and locally.

Terri Broll brings to her work a long history and interest in psychoanalysis, especially the way in which information is both seen and not seen in an attempt to hide information from awareness. These two facets are explored by the use of both humour and menace in her images. No preparatory work is done and it may take years before any challenging image surfaces that can be used. The artists own reaction to the work becomes a deciding factor on the final image. Keeping the canvas as discursive as possible by retaining ambiguity and change in the working medium is essential to this process. To this end oil and wax is combined to render the surface unpredictable and open to quick changes by addition and subtraction. In this way thoughts that are known but not yet imaged can come to light. In addition to this, titles become an essential part of the work manipulating the intersubjective space between artwork and viewer. These titles may change with time but essentially are designed to be fluid, enigmatic and, sometimes undecipherable, keeping the viewer in a state of creative doubt.

In a series of acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, King’s work sets out to make certain of the conventions of painting the principal content of the works. Skeletal structures, typical of archaeological remnants, vessel and shelter building, reveal a process of making not unlike the evidence of the painting process itself. This interdependence of source and product is demonstrated through an exploration of some long-established subject varieties in painting, such as the maritime view, landscape, the still-life and the horse and rider theme. The local landscape and still-life imagery will inescapably carry different meanings for different audiences; structures on and in the environment demarcate its use and perhaps describe its past. The problem here is seen as one of rendering the landscape (or seascape) and utilitarian objects in such a way that an essential character is maintained while pictorial considerations are given equal currency. As an illustration, the horse and rider image, found across cultural traditions, has historically represented authority, relationships through gestures of dependency and, in contemporary terms in daily media, competitive entertainment. The paintings then, aim to extract and fix selected properties of their subjects in such a way as to affirm the art object in its materiality.

The exhibition of approximately 30 works will open on Saturday the 5th to the 19th of May at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town. Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10h00 – 17h00.

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Posted: 2012/05/05 (09:33:16 PM)


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