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PRE-INTERVENTION (article first published : 2008-05-18)

A solo exhibition of paintings by Steve Mandy marks his first appearance at artSPACE durban.

Pre-Intervention is a self-indulgent exhibition of human form focusing on mood and personality at a glance. Each image has been carved by pallet knife bearing the simplest strokes in mono colour. It marks the beginning of a new era in an artistís journey. Its simplicity of colour and stroke indicate the cleanliness of the uncluttered mind.

No attempt has been made to deliver a message and yet that in itself is a message in that the artist knows that a message is expected and deliberately fails the viewer. The message is clear. This exhibition is a natural whim untainted by the intervention of formal training. It makes the point that without academic influence, an exhibition can still be insightful and meaningful. Without academic influence, images still spark the imagination. This adventure was started before the intervention of the formal art world.

The sequel may follow in time, the question will be did the intervention add value, or simply scramble free-flowing ideas.

The exhibition closes on May 31 and artSPACE is situated in Millar Road, opposite the Waste Centre in Umgeni Road. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit www.artspacedurban.co.za




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