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VERSTER WORKS (article first published : 2001-04-20)

Opening on May 8 at 18h00 to run until May 26 in the NSA Galleries’ main, mezzanine and multimedia room will be an exhibition of recent works by Andrew Verster as well as an installation by Marklyn Govender and Clint Singh.

The visual theme running through Andrew Verster’s new body of work is bandhini, the Indian technique of dyeing fabric with patterns of minute dots using a tie and dye process. Literally, “tiny knotting” from bandh (knotting) and ni (tiny). Today mass-produced bandhini fabric is machine printed.

“I am fascinated by the idea that the subject of a painting may not reveal itself immediately,” says Andrew. “You may see other things first. There is no background or foreground. It is all one. That is not to say that everything is equally important, just that everything is important. Incidentals intrude. One’s mind is like this. We can think about many things at the same time. I take fragments from here and there that have never until then met and now have to spend their lives together comparing notes. My paintings are like an arranged marriage.”

Marklyn Govender and Clint Singh, designers of Indian bridal and marriage ceremonies, will present an exquisite installation, foregrounding rich colour, texture and style. Again Bandhini is the visual element, which links all their works on this exhibition.




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