This exhibition explores the concept of being surrounded by various ‘indications’ of potential change, these transformative moments of change that are on the verge or at a threshold.
Each participating artists’ experiences the idea of ‘threshold’ and how it manifests in their work and this process becomes the artwork for exhibiting. The theme becomes subliminal in the work of Sue Greef and Mark Rautenbach who each play with boundaries and experience. Lars Fischedick theoretically unpacks the terms as he branches into a new space of working, while Chris Denovan is pushing and shifting through his ideas of process in creating.
The theme relates back to the liminal whereby liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals. It speaks to the process of moving from one state of being to another, much like the act of making and also viewing artwork. These notions fit nicely in line with Anthony Evans’s paintings that question depictions of reality and fiction. The work on the show speaks of possibility, change and the fragility of decisions. Aleta Michelatos looks into the mystical and the astronomical in her process-based creations that aesthetically seem to venture out of this work and explore different dimensions!
The idea of exhibiting in a gallery space reflects the idea of the threshold, as there are multiple possibilities and multiples directions for the artists and the viewer and the spaces in which they meet, metaphorically or physically. The liminality of the gallery space can be reflected in the unpacking of the process and ritual of creating work and in the moments that surround us constantly – chosen by some to be ignored and others to create masterpieces out of!
Opening : 2 February 2017 on First Thursdays evening at 5pm -9pm
Eclectica Design & Art Gallery
179 Buitengracht Street, Gardens, Cape Town