'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
For over five decades, Tess Jaray has explored the geometry of space within our world with her painting. Upon finishing her studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1960, she was awarded a grant to travel to Italy: visiting Rome, Florence, Sienna and Venice.
It was during this journey that Jaray experienced at first hand, the work of the Italian masters, who would come to inspire and influence her work. The architectural splendour of Filippo Brunelleschi's cathedral in Florence and Giotto's frescoes in Padua left a lasting impression and informed her own exploration of perspective, space and colour.
Jaray's sixties work should be viewed as the inception of her consummately original interpretation of the tools of the Renaissance masters and their advancements in spatial perception. Jaray's paintings have a resonance in their conversation with the canon of European art history and allows her to examine the deep and all-encompassing power of art and architecture throughout the ages.
The exhibition at S|2 will contain early paintings from the 1960s and related drawings and works on paper.
A fully illustrated catalogue is available with text by Natalie Rudd, and interviews with the artist.
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