Jake Michael Singer | Theresa-Anne Mackintosh | Setlamorago Mashilo | Maja Maljevic | Jason Bronkhorst
Group Exhibition at Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg
17.08.19 – 04.09.19
Forms: “the visible shape or configuration of something” or “a particular way in which a thing exists or appears.”
Forms is a group exhibition focused on showcasing a cross-section of South Africa sculpture, a diverse selection of artists will be exhibiting new and old works in a variety of scale, medium and approach.
Bringing together a collection of works that channel ideas from the Pop, Minimalism and Dada movements in new ways, partly by opening up the medium of sculpture to its own history and reviving it with different materials and artisanal techniques.
In an essay called ‘Sculpture in the Expanding Field’ which was written in 1979 by art theorist and critic Rosalind Krauss, she writes: “Although it was written in the 18th century, Gotthold Lessing’s aesthetic treatise “laocoon” applies directly to the discussion of sculpture in our time. For in the course of his argument, Lessing feels it necessary to ask about the very nature of sculpture and to wonder how we can define the unique experience of that art. If these same questions have become even more necessary to ask, that is because twentieth-century sculpture has repeatedly taken forms that have been difficult for its contemporary viewers to assimilate into their ideas about the proper task of the plastic arts. This was true of the objects Brancusi, Duchamp or Gabo made in the 1920’s as it is of the work of many sculptors of the past few years.”
“Indeed, the history of modern sculpture coincides with the development of two bodies of thought, phenomenology and structural linguistics, in which meaning is understood to depend on the way that any form of being contains the latent experience of its opposite: simultaneity always containing an implicit experience of sequence. One of the striking aspects of modern sculpture is the way it manifests its makers growing awareness that sculpture is a medium particularly located in the juncture between stillness and motion, time arrested and time passing. From this tension, which defines the very condition of sculpture, comes its enormous expressive power.”
Exhibition catalogue available for view here.