PRIEST Exhibition Space and Espressobar Presents
A solo exhibition of new work by Dane Stops
142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, JHB
(opposite the Goodman Gallery)
Gallery Hours: Tue – Fri: 08h00 – 16h00 + Sat: 09h00 – 14h00
Contact Priest Espressobar on 021 201 4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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This body of work explores ideas surrounding the filtration of social issues through social media and associated devices, with specific reference to the South African landscape. Social media has created a culture of hands off activism. It allows people to voice opinions (educated and/or not) on issues through tweets, status updates, hashtags and shares, in the safety of their own home.
Social media has the ability to switch between serious and playful topics, often even a combination of the two at the speed of a double click. It combines things in extremes, from the frivolity of selfies to intense current issues. It is this dynamic that is both powerful and pointless that I am most interested in.
About the artist:
Dane Stops is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Durban. He has a Masters of Applied Arts from the Graphic Design Department at the Durban University of Technology, where he has also been working as a part-time lecturer for a number of years. Stops had a solo exhibition toward the end of 2016, he has also taken part in a number of group exhibitions and done live art at various events. He has been an active contributor to the Durban Mural and Graffiti scene for over a decade. The work he makes has various influences, from painting graffiti to figurative subject matter such as people and birds. For up to date work follow him, @danestops, on Instagram and Facebook.