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OBJET TROUVÉ (article first published : 2001-03-21)

After a momentous process spanning more than three years, Deryck Healey will present a complex installation in the three galleries at the NSA Gallery.

For his previous exhibition at the NSA in 1998, Healey started collecting objects found on a stretch of Glenashley beach. Absolute rubbish such as a fragment of a plastic bowl or bucket, the top of a Coke bottle, tangled fishing line, part of a Cindy doll, a feeding spoon, a bamboo root, the sole of a shoe and countless cigarette lighters.

The search for these mundane objects intensified after this exhibition with daily walks, beachcombing, collecting and sorting – all leading to a journey of memory and discovery. These found objects have also travelled through time, being used, their sell-by-date long since gone, disposed of and forgotten. Discards that carry an aura of memory of prior purposeful existence. Relocated in the NSA gallery, the discarded and mundane is rendered special and accredited with implicit value.

The construction of this collected beach debris involves layering and overlapping many kinds of information and thereby creating absurd relationships between things. The objects will be suspended in the gallery as a curtain/maze, through which the visitor will be invited to negotiate their way. Accompanying this web of objects will be a series of large inkjet image/text based pieces on canvas, a series of colour-manipulated images of some found objects and a smaller installation with objects in the Park Gallery.

Deryck Healey currently spends time in equal measures between Durban and London, working on exhibitions. He is returning to England to complete an exhibition of four letter words in June/July and is currently negotiating to travel a show to Los Angeles.

The exhibition will be opened by Louis van Loon on March 27 at 18h00. It will run until April 15.




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