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“7” FOR KZNSA (article first published : 2007-05-7)

The KZNSA Gallery proudly presents 7 from May 8, a show comprising a selection of works from the senior students currently enrolled at the DUT Fine Art Department. The pieces should be seen as works in progress as the students are currently engaged in a process of formal and conceptual investigation in their chosen area of focus. The work presented is diverse in both its production and content.

The students are Clayton Human, Ashley Jewnarain, Caryn Nolan, Witty Nyide, Sarah Richards, Vaughn Sadie and Tamlyn Martin.

In the work entitled 100m sprint, Vaughn Sadie combines readymade objects to playfully challenge the audience's perception of the functionality of objects and how spaces are activated / manipulated by light.

Tamlyn Young's work is the product of an attempt to locate the body in time and space. The work on show incorporates both a physical installation and an interactive digital component. The focus of the work is the documentation of every hour over a seven day period making use of various processes. This includes the presentation of a series of objects collected on every hour wherever the artist found herself at that time. The entire work is a testimony to a structured archiving of idiosyncratic choices.

Clayton Human attempts to unravel his understanding of contemporary society and the notion of the 'Individual' within generic constructs, while Ashley Jewnarain explores his conflicted fascination with ideas of mortality and how these ideas impact on his own identity and existence.

In the painted triptych presented, Witty Nyide uses the surface as an ‘archaeological site’ of exploration, unpacking both her personal history and her everyday existence.

Sarah Richards is interested in “the ideas of creative darkness in which we become artistically stagnant”. The paintings reflect this uncertainty through the actual choice of image as well as the physical texturing of the surface.

Caryn Nolan uses her materials in an attempt to interrupt patriarchal notions of ‘landscape’. She juxtaposes aspects of Durban’s colonial history with small feminine interventions that explore a personal maternal family history.

This exhibition is an assimilation of works under investigation and whilst many of the ideas are currently in progress of definition, the show reveals the exciting diversity of both content and varying forms of interpretation.

7 opens at the KZNSA on May 8 at 18h00 (all welcome) and runs until May 27.

More information from Nathi Gumede, Curator of the KZNSA Gallery on 031 202 3686 or 082 220 0368 or visit www.kznsagallery.co.za




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