Three into two will go
20 September 2019
On Friday 20 September 2019 two contrasting yet cohesive exhibitions by three artists will open simultaneously at the Pretoria Arts Association:
Sybrand Wiechers: Krokodille kan nie cuddle nie
Sybrand Wiechers is a third generation sculptor who lives and works in Pretoria. In his twenties he studied fine arts at the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology and UNISA. It has been almost 10 years since he's had had his first solo exhibition in the north gallery at the Pretoria Arts Association and when the opportunity presented itself to exhibit in the space again he was rather keen to accept.
His initial instinct was to call on the 'wisdom' he has acquired by presenting the viewer with the coherent conceptual and aesthetic exhibition which one would expect from a mature artist. This triggered him to listen to the advice he gives others: pick a pot and sit on it.
A chance interaction with a tortoise on a cold, rainy day brought home the truth that you should not try to impose a preconceived idea on something if it's not in its nature. A hug is wonderful, but cold-blooded beings will never fully appreciate it. That in itself is fine. Therefore he has embraced the absurdity of his chosen path and produced a collection of works loosely based on the theme that things are what they are.
Nico Prinsloo & Danelle Janse van Rensburg: The Confession Room
Artist couple Danelle Janse van Rensburg and Nico Prinsloo both studied Fine Arts at TUT until 2006. They share a love for installation art so they created The Confession Room specifically for Pretoria Arts Association's Black Box.
This very dark and intimate space contributes to the title and concept as they opted to create a moment of peace - the single seat invites one to sit and reflect. Danelle's work has always carried a strong female voice. Nico creates thought-provoking art often associated with social injustice, inequality and consumerism.
Together the deconstructed and tied up animal parts - in both the embroidered and sculptural pieces - signifying a type of bonding. Nico's bronzes refer to the impermanent nature of consumption, as well as the damage caused by plastic.
Danelle's interpretation leans more towards the scores of women and girls being treated as waste themselves. Overall the piece represents the war against waste.
Participating: Sybrand Wiechers | Nico Prinsloo | Danelle Janse van Rensburg
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