Hyperbolic discounting is a cognitive bias, an ingrained mental chaos that defies logic and common sense. It happens when people would rather receive R5 right now than R10 in a month's time. Given two similar rewards, people show a preference for one that arrives sooner rather than later. We are said to discount the value of the later reward by a factor that increases with the length of the delay. The true objective of the brain is to maximize the rate of reward - it has a built-in mechanism that produces a greater desire for immediate satisfaction. It is often argued that the number of objects an average human can hold in working memory is 7 plus/or minus 2, or the 'magical number' plus/or minus 2, which may be the difference between experts and novices depending on the chunking of information.
This exhibition of Kobus Rossouw - which consists of toner-powder paintings, woodcuts, etchings and screen prints - comments on a person's irrational desire for an immediate reward rather than a higher value, delayed reward and how that is influenced by short term memory. It also comments on superstitious pigeons and the 'reconditioning' of a superstitious response after extinction; in other words human nature.
The artist has an unorthodox approach to painting and printmaking. The subject matter in his work is mostly superficial, but sometimes explores relationships and how we confront our identity. A recurring theme is how we burden ourselves by constantly striving for self improvement, rather than just 'being'.
The artist says: "My work is what it is: marks on canvas and board. No efforts are made to engineer meaning and influence interpretation. It is, however, capable of adding value to dialogue."
ASSOCIATION OF ARTS PRETORIA
Address: 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw Muckleneuk
Tel: 012 346 3100 / 3110 || Cell: 083 288 5117
Gallery Hours: Tue to Fri 09:00 - 18:00. Sat 09:00 - 13:00.
MORE EVENTS IN PRETORIA
|PRETORIA - LONGSTREET ART LOVERS 1932|
Opening: Thursday 27 September 2018 at 18:30
Participating: Mario Soares
|PRETORIA - ASSOCIATION OF ARTS PRETORIA|
Opening: Friday 28 September 2018 at 18:30
BACK TO THE FUTURE - Contemporary glass inspired by the past
Participating: Lothar Bottcher * Olwethu de Vos * Gordon Froud * Caitlin Greenberg * Mike Hyam * Martli Jansen van Rensburg * Thabiso Mokaba * Thabang Monoa * Kgotso Pati * Maxi Pretorius * Ian Redelinghuys * Liesl Roos * Nicole Rowe * Mbali Tshabalala * Diane Victor * Retief van Wyk * Marileen van Wyk * Berco Wilsenach
|PRETORIA - JOHANN VAN HEERDEN`S ART AND GALLERY|
Opening: Sunday 30 September 2018 at 11:00
Link / Skakel Art Jewelry Exhibition
Participating: Dorathea Annandale * Cryselda Venter * Leonie Annandale * Brendon Cloete * Anne Manaczynski * Esti McLachlan * Deirdre Mcllroy * Joy Massyn * Nadine Steenkamp * Magda Nieman * Joseph Makhafola * Abram Mathabatha