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HOLONS (article first published : 1999-09-15)

An exhibition of paintings by Robert Bramwell-Jones titled Holons opens at the Technikon Natal Art Gallery on September 20 to run until October 6. A South African artist living and working in London, Robert Bramwell-Jones returns regularly to South Africa to preserve his spiritual links with his home country.

The exhibition is a site-specific installation of daily images painted over a three year period. The daily images are assembled in books suspended from the ceiling and displayed as friezes and as multi-image grids (“archives”) on the walls. The term Holon describes something that is itself a whole and simultaneously a part of some other whole. A Holon is represented by the creation of a single image (representing a day), a collection of 30 images (a month) as well as the larger collections spanning several months (a year of more).

Says Frances von Melsen, curator of the Technikon Natal Art Gallery: “The artist explains that this work is process rather than product orientated. It is a visual journal of exploration of inner growth processes in which he draws on myths, dream imagery and memory. These images celebrate being, reflecting the joys, frailty, isolation, affection and humour of the human condition. On sale in the gallery will be two books written and illustrated by Robert Bramwell-Jones.

The artist will give a walkabout of the exhibition of September 22 at 12h30. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday from 08h30 to 16h00 and Friday from 08h30 to 12h00. For details phone 204-2207.


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