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tender moments (article first published : 2000-10-3)

Pascale Chandler, one of Durban’s most prolific contemporary painters, is presenting a new body of work in the Mezzanine Gallery. Chandler has put her stamp on the Durban cultural scene as an artist and curator.

The series of works takes its cues from ongoing concerns in the artists oeuvre – Chandler ferociously documents and collects throw-away and everyday objects – in a continuous search of meaning in the discarded and everyday. This documentation and objects are then mediated – they turn up as provocative paintings and collages. By layering the canvas surfaces with similar images a re-reading of these objects are possible: beautiful, threatening, vulnerable.

The new works takes its cue from old industrial and household gloves. A series of approximately 30 small paintings are presented to suggest a narrative. This allows for the interpretation of the glove as a symbol of vulnerability and protection. The treating of the subject matter also raises the Victorian ideals of femininity – those socially required to signify a lady. With this series large scale works will be presented, including some of the found objects.

The exhibition closes on October 12.




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