PROUDLY PRESENTS AN EXHIBITION BY :
DOREEN GOWANS & JEFF RANKIN
Sunday 8 October at 11h00 2017 / Until 8 November 2017
I see painting as a moving meditation. It is my go to choice and helpmeet for calm and quiet in chaos. My intention in this exhibition is to create a quiet moment for the viewer. The small rock pool paintings are those intimate spaces left at low tide in Kalk Bay after the turbulence of the sea has withdrawn.
Our iconic mountain gives us so much. I once again feel privileged to have explored so much of it. After one particularly devastating fire I took an un-stretched length of canvas up the mountain, wrapping and pulling it around the burnt trees and rocks. I wanted the charcoal left by the fire to do the drawing for me. That is all the drawing there was. Nature’s residue. Painting into it with fire colours, the proteas seem to emerge of their own will. We need the fire to re-generate the natural flora which I have tried to manifest in the larger paintings.
As I enter my 8th decade I am aware that the element for that number is Mercury. Every age brings its own reward. I hope that you, the viewer will allow these small tributes to the elements to help you find your own still quiet place within you.
My home and studio look at and listen to the sea. That world below the horizon evokes rich metaphoric suggestion. I often accept the opportunity, my preference for the surreal finding voice in submarine form and folly. In watercolour monotype I’ve found a medium that literally swims into in this play; the press and pencil do the rest.
The exhibition includes a series of new pieces which mix these media. Monotype or mono-print is so called because it uses the press to create a one-off artwork. The press is used as a unique method of transferring an image from matrix to paper. And because it’s a one-off, not part of an identical edition, any other medium or mark can be added to the work. This invites my love of drawing and detail in creating images that I hope pose questions or, at least, a satirical sense of mischief.
Other recent woodcut pieces complete my part of the show, including works from the Inverted Angels series of 2-colour prints. The Angels visited me on road trips in the Eastern Cape.
“MOK gallery is very proud to exhibit these two artists who combines all aspects of existentiality into their visual art. The gallery’s vision is to be a platform of all South African artists and their voices. The gallery’s mission is to showcase eminent artists and see their work in collections worldwide.”