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COLOUR RUSH (article first published : 2004-08-26)

Alexandra van der Stoep, a promising young painter based in Durban, is currently presenting an exhibition of recent works in the NSA’s Park Gallery. In her last year to complete a degree in Architecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, she has been training under Pascale Chandler as a painter for numerous years and has participated in a number of group exhibitions.

She is fascinated with the formal qualities of painting – in particular, the possibility of colour and visual stimulation. She works intuitively and rejects illusionary and heavy subject matter which she believes “dilutes” the visual experience. At the same time, she embraces her place and work in a postmodern society, underpinning the work with a larger understanding of a current zeitgeist such as an ongoing fascination with images even though we live in an image-polluted and over-stimulated visual environment.

The exhibition will consist of a selection of small and large format canvases. Taking her cue from small, and sometimes irrelevant visual “kicks”, Alexandra van der Stoep develops these into abstractions of colour and bold mark-making.

The artist comments: “This process is dominated by looking rather than painting. You wait and stare, searching for that mark which acts as a catalyst causing the entire surface to resonate and when you find that trigger point, disco- you make contact. So Colour Rush is that visual “kick”. You just have to look once to be instantly satisfied. It's not precious or even that important. It's instant. It's alive. It's straight out the tube. It's a moment.”

The exhibition runs until September 12. More information from Storm Janse van Rensburg (Curator) at the NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban 4001 on 031 202 3686, fax 031 201 8051, e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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