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WOby2MEN (article first published : 2005-11-20)

Everett Duarte and Mark Meyer and have worked closely together for their joint exhibition, WOby2MEN at Depictions Gallery in Marina Beach.

Their work represents their impressions of “Real Women Today” and the exhibition is described as “post-Victorian, post-Hippie, post-Feminist, post Modernist, Everyday, Today-Women as seen through the eyes of the two male artists. The female nude has been worn thin over the centuries in a male dominated art world concentrating on sensuality, and the aesthetics of form and line.”

Duarte and Meyer aim to present the Female Figure and Psyche simultaneously, free of the baggage of the past, in a contemporary way.

Duarte’s paintings are large abstract oil and enamel paintings with an earthy “groundedness” and empathy for the “Essential Woman”. Meyer’s work is conceptual although the sculptures are essentially life-sized realist sketches of “Real Woman”.

The artist and sculptor have developed their ideas to their only logical conclusion: they have fused their two approaches in one of the artworks: Duarte has painted Meyer’s sculpture to abstraction. The exhibition also includes the open-air screening of a photographic sequence of their collaborative performance work (PG).

The exhibition runs from December 15 to January 5. More information on 084 354 9166.




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