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LOST AND FOUND (article first published : 2000-05-21)

In June, the NSA Galleries present a new body of work by Wayne Barker consisting of large-scale paintings, drawings, a series of multiples as well as several multi-media installations. Well-known on the South African avant-garde/contemporary art scene, Wayne Barker has been a maverick figure for many years. Besides numerous solo-exhibitions locally and internationally he is also know as the founder member of FIG (Famous International Gallery) in Johannesburg which is to open a branch in London soon.

He has curated numerous exhibitions and is also an accomplished composer. He has given many piano recitals and has been seen at prestigious international arts festivals performing his well-known composition African Woven Baskets) in the nude, covered in chocolate paint while an assistant licks the chocolate. Current projects include a live broadcast soap opera story with Channel 4 in the UK in six parts about love in a virtual environment.

The exhibition at the NSA Gallery investigates new media and the new people that it breeds in the world, looking at the replacements for book and ink and the new waste that they create. The exhibition explores personal losses and new gains. Barker states: "The show is about Life, Art, Love and Loss. The show will be a celebration of finding new stuff and also real people that have been a pivotal part of my life." It will also formally introduce his partner Claire to the South African art world and the artist is expected to announce his marriage at the opening, which will take place on June 4 at 16h00.

The gallery will launch a monograph funded by the French Institute, MTN and the Swiss Arts Council on the life and work of Wayne Baker. The exhibition closes on June 22.




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