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TALES FROM THE SHALLOW END (article first published : 2005-11-7)

Trevor Paul will exhibit Tales From The Shallow End at Bean Bag Bohemia. This is a large scale work sponsored by Neil Roake of Modern Museum which is destined for instillation in the new "Space" store to be opened in December in Cape Town.

The work consists of large (1m/2.5m) fabric banners depicting the evocative pages of Paul's personal journal. The pieces are intriguing explorations of the potential of combining text and images and the tensions involved in concealing and revealing one's innermost secrets. This work will be shown in The Cafe Gallery.

“These are the pages from my journal, a book I carried around with me when travelling around Scotland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom,” says Trevor Paul. “The words may seem cynical at times but had it not been for this healthy outlet (and a few unhealthy ones), I may never have gotten over the death of my father and my divorce. Over the course of about two years, I doodled in this book and jotted down random observations about the world and the people around me. I consider this more the work of someone with too much time on their hands than a hardworking artist. I tried not to censor myself when writing or drawing in this book. When I read it afterwards I was amused at how contrived, self-indulgent and very often self-loathing a lot of these meanderings were - but this is often the case with our innermost thoughts.

“When assembling the exhibition over the course of several months, I covered over some of the darkest passages. Ironically, this turned out to be a more liberating process than creating the darker moments had been. This self-censorship has frustrated people I've shown this book to, and amuses me no end. This could be a metaphor for life in general; creating something beautiful, interesting and self-consciously "real" to cover up the ugliness and (often) banality beneath.

“If there's any meaning in these ramblings, it lies in the process of what we think, what we express, and then how we try and sanitise what we express. It's a hard thing to show your deepest, darkest side to other people - or sometimes even to yourself. Avoid the sharks in the deep end (you always knew they were there, swimming at night, as a kid), and just enjoy these pages for what they are - tales from the shallow end.”

Tales From The Shallow End runs from November 9 to December 10. Images can be seen on www.beanbagbohemia.co.za




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