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BARCODE AND UN-TITLED (article first published : 2000-03-15)

The NSA Galleries will host a double bill of contemporary painting from March 19 with Barcode by Nuno da Cruz in the Main Gallery and Un-Titled by André Naude in the Mezzanine and Park Gallery.

While well-known in Johannesburg, this is the first time Nuno Da Cruz will present new works in Durban. Structured like pop-like paintings covering a wide variety of subjects, they form part of a cross-section of work produced throughout 1999 and early 2000. Media used are oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, silk-screening onto paper and canvas, collage and working onto found images.

The body of work deals with consumerism, the consumption of products resulting in the throwaway or in some cases collectable packaging -mostly South African but also global packaging, branding, advertising, working with actual wrappers, boxes or logos printed on advertisement. "I also draw inspiration from comic books especially those from the 60's, 70’s and early 80’s by Marvel and DC Comics Groups,” explains da Cruz. “Japanese animation Manga also spills into this body of work. Another source is local magazines dating back from 1940’s to about the 1970’s such as Drum Magazine, Die Huisgenoot, Die Fleur and Scope." For more information, visit www.nunodacruz.co.za

A well-known artist who needs very little introduction in KZN, André Naudé will display recent paintings, most of which deal with the phenomenon of the unimportance of the title of an André Naudé artwork. His iconography, including various forms of the vessel, twigs, wood and the still-life genre as vehicle, is stripped of deeper ambiguity by implicating the insignificance of title baggage. By doing this the artist denies the artwork superfluous information.

Both exhibitions open on March 19 at 16h00 and will run until April 6.




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