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BRONWYN LACE EXHIBITION (article first published : 2007-05-13)

The Durban University of Technology its receiving its third visitor into the Visiting Artists Programme with Bronwyn Lace who will be displaying an art installation in the DUT Art Gallery.

A pilot programme initiated by the Art Gallery and the Department of Fine Art, the Visiting Artists Programme is designed to create a platform through art exhibitions for discourse between senior art students and practicing artists. Artists invited bring forth diverse art languages through the medium and the concepts in which they work with, from the first photographic exhibition followed by an exhibition of paintings. The Bronwyn Lace exhibition brings another yet medium of work through using scale and space to construct an art installation.

Bronwyn Lace’s work relies heavily on space in order to create an environment that presents an artwork. Space and scale are what she describes as her working tools. In her artist’s statement she writes, “I look to create environments into which a viewer will be absorbed. The process of my work is extremely important to me and I only really begin to get a sense of the work once I’m in the space and the process has begun.

“I usually begin with a core concept and a material that I feel works as a symbol for that concept, I tend to use the same material or object en masse. The space dictates the manner in which the material will symbolize the concept. I aim to make the space both charged and playful, my work tends to have a distinct unnerving feeling that all the ordered material is about to forcefully unwind before your eyes. It tends to give the feeling that one’s physical self is at risk of being caught up, tangled and captured by what surrounds one. It is through the intense process-driven nature of my work that I attempt to evoke and entice, twist and turn through aesthetics and materiality.

“My spaces explore discomfort; look at the tedious, arduous, painstaking tasks committed to order the unfathomable. I aim to unwind the ordered. My work is formed, deformed and reformed. I’m interested in beauty, its ability to seduce, for the experience to reflect the desire for sensual pleasure. I tend to be interested in the links between art and physics and nature. Both art and physics use symbol to describe and explain the workings of our universe; the relationship between the artists’ use of image and metaphor to the physicists’ use of number and equation forms a basis for my concepts.”

Bronwyn Lace’s visit entails a seminar discussion with the fourth year group from the Departments of the Faculty of Arts and Design, dealing with concept of history of Art and architecture working with the natural mathematics ratio of Phi 1.618…, as an irrational number which means it never ends or repeat.

Based in Johannesburg, Bronwyn Lace has collaborated on many projects focusing on the development of emerging arts in South Africa. With artist Nathaniel Stern and Simon Gush she is a co-founder of the website www.saartsemerging.org

She works as a part time lecturer for Greenside Design Centre and AAA School of Advertising, lecturing on critical art history, she is also an assistant to the curator of the SABC art collection and is the Educational Officer at The Bag Factory in Newtown Johannesburg where she is running an arts education programme for adults. With a Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts, University of Witwatersrand, she has had three solo shows, including 77/21 Parking Gallery, Johannesburg; Irrational, Outlet gallery, Pretoria and 1.618 Young Artists Project, KZNSA gallery Multi media room, Durban, all in 2006 as well as many participation in group exhibitions.

Bronwyn Lace’s exhibition will be opened officially on May 21 at 18h00 to run until May 31. More information from the DUT curator on 031 204 2207 or email: nontobekon@dut.ac.za




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