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ACCUMULATIVE DISINTEGRATION (article first published : 2008-07-24)

Bank Gallery is to present Greg Streak’s solo show, Accumulative Disintegration in which he looks at society’s need – and, at times failure - to control the chaos of our everyday lives in this, his much anticipated mixed media show.

“Sometimes things fall apart. Sometimes things go wrong,” explains Greg Streak. “I think we are living in particularly fragmented times and in many ways this body of work explores this. A consequence of this lack of cohesion is the inability to place one self – both physically and emotionally. Sometimes we blame ourselves for this dissolution – sometimes with just cause but at other times it is more than just a consequence of the displacement. When things begin to unravel it is human instinct to attempt to hold them all together. The title of this body of work, Accumulative Disintegration, attempts to sum up the ambiguity of this contradiction: trying to pull things towards a whole whilst they disperse around us.”

Greg Streak is an interdisciplinary practitioner working in sculpture, video, installation and documentary film making. His cool aesthetic, even minimalist work is characterized by formalistic concerns and a preoccupation with the materiality of substance and things, but also space, both physical and psychological. He has exhibited nationally and internationally – amongst others World Tune – KAVC - Tokyo, Japan, Video Brazil – Single Channel, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Drift 1708 Gallery, Washington, U.S.A, De Grote Oversteek – Stedilijk Museum, Zwolle, Shared Histories / Decolonising the Image – Arti De Amiticae, Amsterdam and Nie Meer – De Warende Turnhout – Belgium. Streaks first full feature documentary film Beauty and the Beasts (78’) won a special mention jury award at the 21st Durban International Film Festival. He was the recent winner of the prestigious Ampersand Fellowship awarded on merit to a South African Artist and as a result he has just returned from a two month stay in New York.

Accumulative Disintegration runs until August 21 at the Bank Gallery in Florida Road. Greg Streak will conduct a walkabout on August 1 at 10h00. To book contact Akona at the gallery on 031 312 6911 or info@bankgallery.co.za




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