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SPACES “IN - BETWEEN” ABSOLUTES (article first published : 2007-03-3)

The KZNSA is to host Spaces “in - between” absolutes which features works by Vicki Ross van Wyk.

This is an exhibition of mixed media two-and 3-dimensional works that deal with the binary opposites of fragility and endurance that define the human spirit. These qualities are expressed though the juxtaposition of the tactility and inherent qualities of media such as clay, bitumen, copper, lead and paper.

Vicki Ross van Wyk’s aim is to explore the relationships between media and process, artist and artwork, artwork and audience, in which the resultant response becomes the artwork, that is, the meeting between two realities, the spaces “in-between” form and interpretation.

Media and process become metaphors for one’s existence, for emotions of pain, anger, rawness, seduction, fragility and temporality on the one hand; with image and text as a questioning of our social context on the other: a material substance supports the philosophical and ephemeral reasoning of thought and action.

All the works on show, irrespective of interpretation, are a result of personal, emotional and internal responses to society. They are nevertheless presented through both a universal visual and inter-textuality of language. Materiality and experience are core concerns which deal with the tenuous and fragile existence within a contemporary reality in this time and this place both socially and environmentally.

The intention is to evoke a response and question reality – to solicit emotions and an understanding through the subtle renderings of marks, textures, nuances of colour, text, video projections and photographic documentation.

Spaces “in - between” absolutes opens on March 6 at 18h00 and runs until March 25. More information on 031 277-1703.




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