Corner of Church and Loop Streets
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99 Loop shines a spotlight on a wide range of top emerging and established artistic talent from South Africa. On the corner of Loop and Church Streets, 99 Loop joins a number of other established and brand-new galleries on the same stretch, offering visitors a reason to linger and explore.
The classic 1800s façade conceals a warm, modern interior housing a revolving series of solo and group exhibitions of African art: paintings, sculpture & photography. 99 Loop’s sunlit ground floor is a space for more playful installation work. A new wing, designed by the team from Rennie Scurr Adendorff (who refurbished the Fugard Theatre in District Six), adds to the Gallery’s contemporary appeal, with over 100m2 of exhibition space, as well as a reading area and treed courtyard.
The fractured limbs and torsos of these figures, which came about by chance in the painting process, have in hindsight an aspect of uncertainty which I now recognize was a characterizing feature of my engagement.
The incomplete gesture, the unfinished sentence, ideas half formed, and subsequently abandoned to become in their isolation parts of a whole that never came into being – in other words, artefacts. And now, suspended in a medium of uninterrupted colour, an even solution on which to display the discovery, they seem in their inscrutable way to have become something together that they never were alone.
There; Not There explores the notions of human presence and absence within a dystopian landscape, against a backdrop of natural reversion.
In 1986, the RMBK-1000 reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released radioactive fallout over a large tract of land after a catastrophic nuclear event; an exclusion zone was hastily established in an attempt to contain the risk of contamination. Twenty-five years later, yet another exclusion zone was created at the site of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. In both cases, natural reversion obliterated human trace within a relatively short space of time.
Technological advances have made human interactions with the natural world fraught with strange absurdities – contained, sanitised, neatly delineated pockets of experience exist at the mercy of various natural elements and rampant growth. Representations of nature are subjected to various filters and hues to thematically link a curated approach of selected instances and moments. Incremental processes of reversion – decay, rot, erosion - dismantles this simple order and returns it to the unknown, to darkness and memory; leaving behind an impression of something that used to be there.
EN CIPHER, Isabella Kuijers’ 3rd solo show with the gallery explores themes of encryption
By translating between media as well as through media, the show attempts to understand
barriers to communication from language and physiology, to the shortcomings of vocabulary
and the way syntax impresses itself on content. By sifting through the mundane and the
profound, EN CIPHER ultimately asks what, if anything, is worth saying.
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