Fine art ex­hibit thought-pro­vok­ing

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LIAM KARABO JOYCE

THE NA­TIONAL Arts Fes­ti­val has been home to a num­ber of thought-pro­vok­ing art exhibitions and in­stal­la­tions over the years.

One of those has been the fine art ex­hi­bi­tion put to­gether by art stu­dents at Rhodes Uni­ver­sity. The ex­hi­bi­tion con­sist of work by first-, sec­ond-, thir­dand fourth-year stu­dents and range from oil on can­vas to pho­tog­ra­phy.

Al­though there is no par­tic­u­lar theme, there def­i­nitely is a com­mon thread, one of so­ci­etal con­scious­ness about our phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance.

One par­tic­u­larly mov­ing piece is by third-year stu­dent, Re­filoe Mat­soso.

The piece, which con­sists of four very sim­ple pho­to­graphs and is ti­tled Her Con­scious Con­science, is a de­pic­tion of how the artist wants to view her­self in so­ci­ety and not adopt so­ci­ety’s per­spec­tive on her.

Mat­soso added a hand­writ­ten note to her work stat­ing: “So­ci­ety, two con­flict­ing worlds col­lide as one side fights for pure and the other screams su­per­fi­cial.”

An­other in­ter­est­ing, but stun­ning piece is an oil on can­vas se­ries by Akissi Beuk­man, a third-year stu­dent. Ti­tled, Mind Un­con­di­tional, the se­ries looks at the mind and how it con­di­tions it­self to things hap­pen­ing around it.

The paint­ings are done in shades of black and brown, us­ing min­i­mal bright colours. There is also a beau­ti­ful im­age of a woman in a grad­u­a­tion cape, which has been lasered onto a mat. It was in­ter­est­ing to see a mat used in this par­tic­u­lar art form.

There is also a rather unique in­stal­la­tion by Lau­ren King which is called BbyGrl.Gamez + Sxc.Gamez. The in­stal­la­tion com­prises a desk, video games, fe­male es­sen­tials and an ash­tray.

This ex­hi­bi­tion also runs along­side the Dis­trict Six Com­mem­o­ra­tion Print Ex­change.

This ex­hi­bi­tion marks 50 years since Dis­trict Six was de­clared a White Group Area un­der apartheid in 1966. Themed Re­mem­ber­ing 60 000 Forced Good­byes, the ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes work by both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists and is worth check­ing out.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs for the du­ra­tion of the fes­ti­val.

Com­mon thread of so­ci­etal con­scious­ness, phys­i­cal images

AD­JUST­ING: Mind Un­con­di­tional is a se­ries of oils on can­vas de­pict­ing the mind and how it con­di­tions it­self.

POR­TRAY­ING: In Her Con­scious Con­science the artist uses sim­ple pho­tos to show how she sees her­self.

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