BRUNDYN + GONSALVES are pleased to present in-, an exhibition of work by recent graduates from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, the Ruth Prowse School of Art and the University of Stellenbosch. The exhibition focuses on a selection of young artists producing work through intuitive, process-driven or experimental means of production. Works are not necessarily undertaken with a clear endpoint in mind, rather they tend towards evolving dynamically through a testing of outcomes. The exhibition comprises a showcase of fresh voices, unconstrained by the preconceptions of modus operandi often imposed on more established artists.
In some instances, as with the sculptures that make up Miranda Moss’s “imaginary solutions to unsolvable problems”, the experiments may be intentionally futile. Similarly, Luami Calitz explores a fictional symbiotic relationship between the human body and a hypothetical costume/organism which continuously evolves in response to environment conditions. Sepideh Mehraban’s paintings intuitively fuse her own memories with the stories of others to produce hybrid narratives of contemporary human experience. Both Matty Roodt and Sunette Viljoen use mediated representations of nature as a starting point for their particular process-driven translations and interpretations of natural phenomena.
Frances Marais’s interrogation of found family home video footage yields anti-climaxes and uncomfortable juxtapositions. In other cases, such as Emma Nourse’s visual representations of entropy; the outcome may be a stark revelation. Ruann Coleman focuses on arranging constructed and found objects into closed systems of equilibrium and balance. Finally, with Chris van Eeden’s work, the artist’s studio becomes a laboratory; a site of investigation, observation and a testing-ground for aesthetic hypotheses.