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VERSTER FOR NSA (article first published : 1999-11-4)

Opening at the NSA Gallery on November 7 to run until November 25 will be an exhibition titled Indus. This comprises new works by Andrew Verster as well as walking paintings by Melissa Buskin and a design installation by Marklyn Govender.

Andrew Verster chose the title Indus because he wanted something “which would not be too narrow such as India, Hindu or Hindustan, but would evoke a picture in one’s mind of a time and a place and an idea. The Indus Valley Civilisation flourished for a thousand years nearly five millennia back, along the Indus River valley in what is now Pakistan. It was a civilisation of great sophistication and complexity, of learning, of science, industry and the arts.

“The society was ruled, not by kings, but by priests,” adds Andrew. “They interceded with the gods, dictated social mores and decided the rules for land tenure. The origins of Hinduism can be traced back to this early civilisation. And it was here too, that later civilisations had their roots.”

The exhibition has various parts which all interlock under the title of Indus. At the opening at 17h30 on November 7, Melissa Buskin will give a performance that will include some of her creations in cloths and other fabrics that have been influenced by Andrew Verster’s works. “Melissa has taken sections out of this picture or that and turned it into something you can wear,” Andrew explains. “The fun for the viewer will be to find those sections and see how her creative genius has transformed them into a new medium. They are not the sort of things you’d wear to Pick ‘n Pay, or wash the dishes in!” After the opening, Melissa’s pieces will be displayed in the Park Gallery.

In the small photographic gallery, Marklyn Govender presents an installation using fabric, garlands, paintings and cut-out collage images. “They’ve all derived from Indian things,” says Andrew, “such as temple gods, carvings and sculpture, holy cloths, icons, textiles and more. It will be a space in which you will feel that the paintings have dissolved into fragments and then come together in another form. The installation will evoke the particular atmosphere of this place with its heady eclectic mixture of ideas.”

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