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JANINE ALLEN (article first published : 2006-02-1)

Selected paintings and an installation from the well-known Free State painter and multimedia artist, Janine Allen, will be on display at the KZNSA gallery. The exhibition opens on Valentine’s Day (February 14) at 18h00.

Allen was awarded a Unesco Aschberg prize which enabled her to attend the Sacatar Foundation, an artist residency on the island of Itaparica near the city of Salvador in Brazil. Some of the works on display have been produced during this two month-long stay. In her human orientated works, she strives to uncover the spiritual meaning of pathology and death. Her “figurine” works revolve around power play, ritual performance and market branding often with self-portrait references.

Her paintings sensitise spectators to reflect on the limits of the human condition and on its impending dehumanisation. An installation of four components will also be on display. Together they display an aura of absent human bodies with floating protective coverings of etched metal tesserae with blanket, chain mail and shroud allusions. Allen also lectures at the Department Fine Arts at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

The exhibition will run in the KZNSA’s Main Gallery from February 14 at 18h00 to March 5. More information from curator Nathi Gumede on 031 277-1703 or 082 220 0368 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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