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With an increasing focus on African Art around the world, Eclectica Contemporary aims to present a carefully selected and focused collection of art from the continent that interrogates the issues facing us in a globalized world. The art at Eclectica often shows practices and materials familiar from art history but which push these boundaries and explore uncharted territories of representation, technique and theory.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Eclectica Contemporary sees itself as an African gallery with an international vision. We celebrate the diversity and depth of art making on our continent while aiming to contextualize this for a growing global market.
Our program of exhibitions shows a mix of solo shows by gallery artists alongside curated group shows. In addition, the Eclectica Contemporary exhibition space has facilities for experimental, new media and project-based works.
From Soil is an exhibition with two artists, it is a duo show and a duet of sorts – both singularly presented and in communication with each other, the work explores dualities and complexities of our world through the making of allegories and iconic imagery drawn from soil, earth and the universe.
The title From Soil is implicit rather than prescriptive or defining of the works exhibited, the words invoke the qualities of narrative and growth so as to ruminate on the process of creation – both in art making and in life. Symbolism and metaphor are prominent thematic devices in the work of both Ronald Muchatuta, a Zimbabwean born – Cape Town based multimedia artist, and Michael Selekane, an artist born in Mpumalanga who is currently working in Pretoria.
Though both of their images are heavily layered with meaning and historical weight, there is an attentiveness to detail, to quality of line and content that expands the work beyond conceptual and contextual ties into an understanding and appreciation of form and narrative. As such, both Michael Selekane and Ronald Muchatuta present intricately impactful pieces in Eclectica Print Gallery’s From Soil.
Working mostly on large canvases, sometimes coupling or grouping panels together, Georgia Lane presents In this Time, a solo exhibition at Eclectica Contemporary that explores the juxtaposition of time and place, questioning the boundaries of memories and actions by creating intricate paintings that reminisce and record places past.
The works are vivid in their chaos and yet exhibit a calming order in their simplicity and colour palette. Drawing from her own memories, painting the maze of perspectives and personal experiences that appear to her, Georgia’s use of colours and forms are abstracted and vague, ultimately depicting the reflective process that works with the meditation of each brushstroke.
In This Time conveys the uncertainty and the exhilaration of creating in today’s world; it is an exploration of form and finding new ways of making when resources and accesses may be restricted. The exhibition comprises of broad canvases that are filled with movement and illuminating colours – imagining and remembering spaces and places, through piecing together the mapping out of memories.
When speaking about the thought process that she has considered while producing this body of work, Georgia Lane explains “I have realized that being here on Skopelos, makes me see that the juxtaposition of my two very different lives, the one pressurized and urban and the other simpler, more off-the-grid. This gives me perspective on both and acts as a filter, so that I can process what is relevant and important.”
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