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2012 ROOFTOP Sculpture exhibition questions consumerism

by Marilyn de Freitas posted on October 3, 2012 in Reviews.

St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery was proud to host their annual sculpture exhibition, ROOFTOP on 29 September 2012. The exhibition is curated by Gordon Froud and features works that reflect on the theme of this year's exhibition "over-consumerism". Featured artists include Amber-Jade Geldenhuys; Anton Smit; Seitosho Motsage; Regardt van der Meulen; Ruhan Janse van Vuuren; Nelson Zido; Lwandiso Njara and Gordon Froud. A selection of sculptures made of recycled Nandos products by students of the University of Johannesburg are also included in the exhibition reflect inventive ideas using recycled materials.

ROOFTOP IV exhibition, held on the ROOFTOP presentation area of the triangular building in Brooklyn is following on the expansive previous three ROOFTOP Sculpture exhibitions. The idea first conceptualised in 2008 with the first exhibition opening in 2009. The following ROOFTOP Sculpture exhibitions traveled to The University of Johannesburg Gallery and the Botanical Gardens of the University of the Northwest, (ROOFTOP II 2010) and to the University of Johannesburg Gallery and the Aardklop Festival in October in Potchefstroom. (ROOFTOP III 2011).

In today's consumer driven society, consumption reflects the need for more, constantly craving and consuming leaving behind useless waste. This year's themed exhibition features celebrated artists and rising stars in the industry and sees the use of recycled materials to reflect the notion of overconsumption. Using discarded household items, mass-produced plastic hangers and electronic waste, the works try to reflect on issues such as poverty, crime, instant gratification, etc. The large-scale works reflect the scale and apathy of mass and private consumption in society today. Gordon Froud's works see the use of mass-produced plastic hangers creating large-scale sculptures of majestic animals. Lucy Anastasiadis, curator of the gallery, stated that the artists aimed to create works that entice and unsettle the viewer encouraging self inquiry and self investigation.

Planning for ROOFTOP V 2013 has already begun. The exhibition runs until 18 November.

Images courtesy of St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery.

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