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13 June 2019

Alliance Française, Johannesburg in collaboration with Barnard Gallery, Cape Town is pleased to present -arium, a solo exhibition by award winning artist Jaco van Schalkwyk.
Jaco van Schalkwyk’s ever-evolving exploration of the photorealist technique may be seen to indicate a preoccupation with illusionism – a constant attempt to seamlessly capture reality in paint, to achieve perfection in surface, to master the representation of space and light. But this painterly hyperrealism points to an investigation which functions beyond illusionism, one fascinated with and attuned to the processes of rep­resentation itself. In -arium,this consideration of the modes and constructions of representation finds its most complex and multi-faceted expression yet. Through the use of various media – paint­ing, sculpture, installation, assemblage and film – van Schalkwyk considers questions of representation both in the artistic endeavour and in the everyday ways we construct and mediate realities around ourselves, our environment and our encounters with the ‘other’.
Central to -ariumis van Schalkwyk’s contemporary play on the concept of the cabinet of curiosities. The cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkammer as it emerged in Renais­sance Europe, a predecessor of our modern practices of collecting and cataloguing, aimed to create a microcosm of the world in its presentation of a vast array of collect­ed objects and specimens from foreign cultures and locales. In -arium,van Schalkwyk seeks to recreate and restage this practice – and the questions of voyeurism, power, fetishization and objectification implied within it – through the lens of our contem­porary modes of engagement with the ‘other’ and the ‘exotic’. 

Participating: Jaco van Schalkwyk


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Times and Tales of the Unexpected

Participating: Abe Opperman

Opening: Tuesday 24 September 2019 - 7 October 2019

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