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exhibitions present

AfTeR LiFe

KALI VAN DER MERWE

12 May - 12 August 2018

NOW EXTENDED till 14 October

Iziko South African Museum

25 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town

Probing Fissures in Time and Reason 2018 Archival inks on cotton rag paper 70 x 70cm

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AfTeR LiFe opens an aperture on the mysteries of life through the lens of death

 

 

This exhibition speaks to a re-interpretation of the museum specimen guided by plays of my imagination rather than organised by any systematic reasoning.

 

My photographic explorations take place in the dark, with the night as my darkroom. I blur boundaries between painting and photography using long exposures and a technique termed ‘light painting’. I situate my individual photographs in imagined scenarios that unfold within celestial vistas of galaxies (courtesy of the Hubble telescope). I navigate balances between the minuscule and cosmic, reality and theatricality.

 

My three dimensional art works are phantasmic, hybrid life forms. The various elements are preserved and put together with alternative methods of taxidermy I have learned and developed. In this endeavour I am re-imagining and re-imaging alternate paths that evolution could have taken.

 

Enacting my “God power in this world”, (mythologist Joseph Campbell’s description of creativity), I re-animate road kill victims into perpetual motion films to honour of their lives and mourn their senseless deaths.

 

This “Theatre of the Deceased”, is the meeting place of the ordinary, the sublime, the unlikely and the impossible. My intention is to stimulate wonder, curiosity and deeper connection to the creatures and plants we share our existence with. The natural world, robust, but in fragile balance, is incredibly vulnerable to human lifestyles and cultural projections.

 

My fundamental search is for the ever metamorphosing unity present in all life.

 

I do not harm or kill in my creative process.

 

 

 

 

 

Mysterium Fascinans 2018 Archival inks on cotton rag paper 70 x 70cm

Lithops Dialogues in Diaspora 2018 Archival inks on cotton rag paper 70 x 70cm

Contributors to the exhibition:

 

ArtLab, Iziko Museums of South Africa, ORMS, Suzi Holtzhausen of Salt Coast Fine Foods and Inn, Rupert Koopman from Cape Nature, Gerhard van Deventer from Sandberg Fynbos Reserve, many, many dear friends who supplied found specimens and alerted me to roadkill

exhibitions upcoming

 

Botanica: New Perspectives on Botanical Art by SA Women Artists!

12 September - 10 October 2018

art. b gallery Bellville
curated by Adele van Heerden

exhibition history

 

e-x-p-a-n-s-i-v-e

 

FynArts Festival Hermanus

 

June 8 - 17 2018

 

 

BAARDSKEERDERSBOS ART ROUTE

31 March - 01 April 2018

 

www.baardskeerdersbosartroute.co.za

 

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BAARDSKEERDERSBOS ART ROUTE

23 - 24 September 2017

 

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Broke-Whole

the labor-oratory of Dr Kali

16th July  - 15 August 2017

The GALLERY at GRANDE PROVENCE 
Heritage Wine Estate

 

25 - 26 March 2017

 

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

 

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7 October - 24 October 2016

 

Rossouw Modern - Space

3 Harbour Road

Hermanus

 

www.rossouwmodern.com

 

 

1 October - 2 October 2016

 

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

 

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24 March - 20 April 2016

 

Prince Albert Gallery

beyond Beyond

infinite and infinitesimal

a photographic exhibition and installation

57 Church Street, Prince Albert

www.princealbertgallery.co.za

 

19 March - 20 March 2016

 

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

 

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8 October - 7 November 2015

 

Cameraland Gallery

beyond Beyond

infinite and infinitesimal

 

curated by Jackie Ruth Murray

 

www.cameraland.co.za

 “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it renders visible.”

Paul Klee - Creative Credo

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