Lou Ros | Hijack
26 January – 10 March 2017
at Christopher Moller Gallery, 7 Kloofnek Road, Gardens, Cape Town
We are excited to announce the second solo exhibition, entitled “Hijack” by internationally acclaimed artist, Lou Ros. ‘Post-Truth’ is the defining word for this day and age, a sign for moral crisis and the loss of credibility and believability. Lou Ros’ paintings are symptomatic of this radical doubt. As an artist he is its inheritor. He well understands, in a sceptical and suspicious age, that ‘the moment where little is enough’ is also the boundary point between meaning and its disappearance. ‘The spectator’s imagination opens at the moment the scene is starting to appear’, he says. So while the artist is well able to complete the scene, it is its inchoate yet suggestive moment – a moment intimated and acutely sensed – which he must pull away from, as one pulls away from a horizon one cannot vault.
Ros’ art is centered around the de-structuring of form, rather than simply reproducing the original in perfection. He wishes to evoke the viewer’s interest and imagination, allowing them to picture the end of the painting, piecing together the story in a collage for themselves. He works without having a clear idea of the final result, and stops his work before it seems finished.
“To hijack is to seize in transit, hold to ransom, deflect agreed intent, to re-direct the focus”. – Ashraf Jamal.
Parking: Secure parking available at the Jan van Riebeeck School grounds – opposite the gallery.
Image: Lou Ros