The exhibition will open at IS Art Gallery on Sunday the 10th of September, 2017.
Etienne de Kock – Constantly pushing the boundaries and defining what is understood as interactive fine art, Etienne De Kock has become an institution in his own right within the South African art fraternity. His fascination with the fourth-dimension of movement and time is formative in his work. This awareness of our existential boundaries comes down to an appreciation for the present and the multifarious threads of the yet untold future – what is might happen and how can we manipulate it. To this end, Etienne is constantly absorbed in his own cognition, pondering ways in which to engage with the space surrounding us.
This engagement with life is ever present in all of his undertakings – sculptor, foundry-man, blacksmith, mould-maker, teacher, musician, set-builder, boat-designer and sailor. His medium of choice also takes on this general dynamic character, including; bronze casting, forging, stone work, mould-making, welding and wood work. Anything and everything that can be used to express his obsession with form is used, and masterfully so. He ingeniously
crafts sculptures that not only reflect a meaningful underlying theme, but which are fundamentally kinetically engaging and playful.
In turning abstraction into reality, Etienne has amassed a truly tremendous career of 30 years as a multifaceted creator and all-round visionary. During this tenure he has held numerous solo exhibitions – including interactive travelling exhibitions, taken part in various group exhibitions – both locally and abroad, undertaken corporate and commission pieces, lectured sculpture and bronze work and conducted art restoration work. The list is far from exhaustive.
Sharlé Matthews – It is said that, ‘we are what we perceive to be.’ Sharlé Matthews engages with this philosophical notion with the communicative works she produces. Her most recent works places emphasis on the symbolic nature of mankind’s ever present interaction with day-to-day life – the exploration of blue-collar industrialisation, the overlooked significance of our humdrum walkways and the inevitable derelict impressions of our lived experiences on our environment.
This constant and critical re-evaluation of society and its impact on our surroundings also flows over into the way in which Sharlé presents these commentaries. Consequently, her work is very evolutionary in nature and reflects the different seasons of her life – progressively moving and exploring techniques and mediums, yet never straying too far from the essence and character of what makes her work her own.
Ever true to the art she produces, Sharlé has enjoyed a dynamic and vibrant career spanning the breath of two decades. During this momentous career, Sharlé has had 4 solo exhibitions and formed part of over 70 group shows. Notably, in 2009 she took second place in the sculpture category at the coveted Florence Biennale.
About the Exhibition
As the age old adage rings in view of this exhibition – art seeks to move the soul. This cannot be more reflective than in the kinetically influenced art produced by Etienne de Kock and Sharlé Matthews respectively. Movement and interaction – both in concept and form – are the basis of their respective works. To this end, their work is exceedingly complimentary – constituting a study on how the onlooker perceives, engages and explores artwork as represented in a duality of guises.
On the one hand, Etienne captures the physicality of movement through his interactive and physically engaging artworks. On the other hand, Sharlé captures the essence of movement and space through her exceedingly stimulating and vibrant artworks. Their works both capture and express various fleeting moments in time and space – past, present and future. Foundationally they exist to convey our place and impact on the larger existential plateau.
This exhibition can be seen at IS Art, 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek from the 10th of September to the 1st of October, 2017. For more information, please contact the gallery at email@example.com or (+27)21 876 2071.