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HINTERLAND (article first published : 2006-05-2)

KZN artist Scott Bredin, who acquired his masters degree Cum Laude from the University of Natal (now UKZN) Pietermaritzburg, will exhibit a series of large contemporary oils at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery.

“The subject matter of the paintings on exhibition range from the granite terminal in Point Road to mining and industrial towns in the arid interior: Hotazel, Meyerton, Lydenburg.,” says the artist.

“Often they deal with places that would not be considered worthy of aesthetic attention due to the impact of human beings on the landscape. The paintings attempt to restore meaning to these sites beyond the current consensus of irreparable desecration - to place them in a geological timeframe where our most grievous damage to the planet will simply be subducted into the core and layered out over a hundred million years’ worth of sedimentary rock.

“The work includes several orders of special relationship. First, there is the relationship between each painting and those which precede or follow it – the complete body of work constitutes a network of correlations and tracks. Secondly, there is the relationship between the explicit subject and the painting. This is the manner in which each mark addresses itself to the tactile, sensory world of experience and memory. Finally, there is the internal subject of drawing or painting: the relationship of one mark to another.

“These images attempt to metaphorise the landscape through paint. This project offers a reconstruction of the world, compromised yet glorious, through the basic currency of art: feeling.”

Scott Bredin’s work is represented in public, corporate and private collections in South Africa, Canada, Switzerland and the UK.

His exhibition runs at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery in Morningside from May 17 to 27. More information on 031 303 8133.




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