By Confidente Reporter
THE StArt Art Gallery last Thursday launched an exhibition titled ‘Look-See’, which combines the works of eight visual and two performing artists. The artists’ works are drawn together because of their explicit or indirect relation to abstraction.
They include Derte Berner, Nicky Marais, Francois de Necker, Laimi Mbangula, Elisia Nghidishange, Tony Figueira, Homateni Ilovu, Rudolf Seibeb, and Blend.
Playing on the idea of the English idiom ‘to have a look-see’, this exhibition draws attention to the act of looking, seeing and interacting with artworks.
To ‘have a look-see’ generally describes the act of briefly looking at something to determine its status, to see if it is working or not. According to the organisers the world presents a barrage of visual cues, and one often adopt this ‘quick look’ as they literally and metaphorically scroll from one picture, advertisement, news story, etc to the next. Since the exhibition is centered on the term abstraction, it complicates this looking process, it is believed.
“How do we look at something that has been consciously manipulated to show something other than a direct depiction of something worldly?” they said.
“Abstraction can invite looking that stems from a deeper level of interaction that asks the viewer to identify with the artwork beyond relating to the purely representational. “Discussions around abstraction in the artistic process can quickly move beyond a simple contradiction of representation and non-representation. In the works on display this contradiction is complicated in various ways.” StArt Art Gallery and StArt Art Consultants are situated at Macadam Street in Windhoek. It houses regular exhibitions of local and international artworks as well as art-related workshops and activities.
StArt Art Gallery always offers exciting experiences for art-lovers and creatives in the capital.
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