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MEDITATIONS ON THE EVERYDAY (article first published : 2003-07-16)

In Meditations on the Everyday at the NSA Galleries, Andries Gouws’ paintings express his fascination with everyday objects and interiors – alternatively numinous and banal, as one encounters them in meditation.

What is meditation? One answer: “to slow things down”. In this sense Gouws’ work is meditative – both as process and as product. He paints slowly and patiently, in search of “a silent clarity beyond chatter about meaning”. The resulting works demand to be looked at in the same spirit.

The philosopher Wittgenstein once remarked that nothing is harder to notice than what is always before one’s eyes – the simplest and most familiar is also what is most hidden. When Gouws paints an object, the everyday becomes transfigured and the hidden is revealed.

Gouws has participated in numerous exhibitions in South Africa and in the US. He studied at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam as well as the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He currently lectures in Philosophy at the University of Natal.

Andries Gouws will present an exhibition in the NSA’s Mezzanine and Park Galleries, opening July 8 at 18h00 to run until July 27. This is Gouws’ second one man show at the NSA after which the exhibited paintings will move on to the US for shows at the Cecile Moochnek Gallery in Berkeley, California, and Gescheidle Gallery in Chicago.

(To see some of Andries Gouws’s work visit his website www.andriesgouws.com)




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