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Situated at 56 Church Street, SMITH studio specialises in new works by a broad range of established and emerging artists and, in keeping with its unassuming name, aims to make art ever-more accessible to art lovers and collectors, simultaneously demystifying certain aspects of an often complex art world.
The studio will also work closely with art buyers to establish carefully curated private collections that will ultimately yield not only aesthetic benefit but ultimately financial reward too.
SMITH is delighted to present the third solo exhibition of Marsi van de Heuvel’s mesmerising ink works.
Her previous two solo shows at SMITH, 2015’s Entanglement and 2016’s Ceremony, received critical acclaim, featuring in various publications including Vice, House & Leisure and VISI magazine. In 2017, Van de Heuvel’s work was selected to show in four group shows at SMITH as well as at the gallery’s booth at both the FNB Joburg Art Fair and the Cape Town Art Fair. In 2016 her work appeared at the AKAA Contemporary Art and Design Fair in Paris.
For Transition, the artist has retained her now signature method of repeating one-directional lines with fineliner ink on fabriano paper. This painstaking approach means that larger works can take two months and 100 pens to complete.
This time, Van de Heuvel delves into the suspense and ‘inbetweenness’ of transitional spaces and instances - and their inherent sense of freedom and possibility. Spending hours in the mountains in and around Cape Town as well as the Outeniqua range near George while researching this show, van de Heuvel found on reviewing her snapshots that she had repeatedly been drawn to tunnels, gaps in foliage or other compositions suggestive of some passage from one space to another.
Her fascination with these transitional spaces resonated with her reverence for the most poignant of all - the birth canal - and took on more figurative meaning in the sense of a developmental metamorphosis or movement from one emotional state to another. Sparked by a visit to a particularly dreary hospital and with a view to a future collaboration with the institution in question, Van de Heuvel further explores the transformative and healing capability of beauty and nature.
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