Two Solo Exhibitions
3 June 2022
Onwaarskynlik (Unlikely) by Theo Paul Vorster
The artist continuously challenges himself in changing his cutting technique and adapting his colour pallet, leading to more options when choosing his subject matter. Vorster combines two or more unlikely subjects in a single work in order to achieve a surreal and sometimes tongue in cheek artwork creating unique pieces of art with line work, vibrant colours and a whimsical thematic approach. The exhibition is a combination of lino blocks, hand-coloured lino prints and monotypes.
Theo Paul Vorster resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He started with art classes at school and studied Graphic Design from the University of Stellenbosch, with printmaking as his main subject.
Vorster has been a fulltime print artist since 1996 and has had many successful solo and group exhibitions. He originally focused on etching, but in 2006 started looking at other methods and turned to lino. The artist enjoys the three dimensional quality of carving into lino. As the print is black and white, it also allows him to experiment with colour.
The lino block is cut and printed by hand on 285g Fabriano paper. All prints are individually hand coloured with acrylic ink. Vorster keeps the print edition low. Works are printed prior to an exhibition as the lino block is painted in oil and sold once the edition has been printed. The original linocut finished in oil paint is unique.
Linocut Workshop with Theo Paul Vorster
The artist will host a one day linocut workshop at the gallery.
Saturday 4th of June
10:00 - 16:00
R 1250-00 per person
The fee includes:
Tea, coffee, bottled water and lunch
All art materials
Discussion and demonstration of different cutting techniques
Creating/transferring of the artwork onto
Lino cutting of the lino block
Sizing and preparation of paper for printing Inking up and printing the lino block onto prepared paper
Discussion and demonstration of colouring the print with acrylic
Images 20 m x 15cm
To book please contact Janine Vorster at 082 463 5257 (Whatsapp)
History never says goodbye by John Davenport
Books represent the accumulated knowledge of society, our history. They physically represent our stories – the stories of countries, societies, ethnic groups, families and individuals.
The deliberate destruction of an old book is somehow abhorrent to those of us who value the written word, what it represents, and what it can achieve. Visually it hits us. It elicits a physical reaction. The destruction of them is, somehow, a destruction of ourselves.
Yes, as we know too well, one can burn books. But the most common way of destroying the written word isn’t burning. It is shredding. Everyday thousands of tons of written material is shredded. Knowledge and information being intentionally turned into narrow, un-readable, strips of unknowing.
History never says goodbye is a series of artistic representations that illustrate this process.
This is what the cycle of action, destruction, repetition and re-enactment looks like.
A shredded 100 year old Hebrew prayer book to represent the holocaust. A shredded legal text from 1950 to represent Apartheid. A shredded Victorian bible to represent the pain and judgment of that era’s crippling morality. A shredded page from a book celebrating early settlement in Rhodesia to point out the flawed ideas being implemented. A shredded Reuters news report about a Palestinian teenager shot dead in Gaza to tell us of a mother’s incalculable loss.
In History never says goodbye the books that tell our stories are used as raw material to tell stories of pain, violence, triumph, irony, trauma and the sometimes absurd twists that history manifests.
Old books. Rare books. Expensive books. Cheap books. In this project they are used as raw material to reveal historical narratives.
To show that history is always with us. That the past is always present, around us, constructing our realities. To show that history shapes us, drives us, clings to us.
And that it never says goodbye.
John Davenport was determined to become a historian before he realised that ADHD and the fact that he wasn’t quite intelligent enough, meant this was unlikely. However, an ongoing interest in history, art and storytelling have lead to this series of work which is called History never says goodbye. This is his first exhibition.
Participating: Theo Paul Vorster and John Davenport
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