ETHICS | Peter Mammes at PRIEST GALLERY
06 July – 28th July 2017
At Priest Gallery, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
As De Sade said “there is no crime that isn’t a virtue a thousand leagues away”.
In his Genealogy of Morals Nietzsche made it clear that there is no stable or absolute definition of morality but rather that good and evil, right and wrong, and what these defined was in the hands of the powerful and their definitions wavered in accordance with their needs. Ethics, as the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles, is rendered equally flexible, susceptible to fundamental changes in relation to time, geography and culture. The villain becomes hero and terrorist becomes political icon.
Peter’s intricate, pattern based work doesn’t take a biased stance and it doesn’t prescribe any ethical platitudes but rather opts to play with the fluid valuations surrounding ethics and morality. Through the seemingly arbitrary and collage-like juxtapositions of subject, pattern and context Peter conjures new and surprising relationships of conflict and resolution of his characters. A sense of technical exactitude, high contrast black on white ink drawings, betrays the many grey areas that inhabit these works.
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Image : PETER MAMMES |Grotesque Love 2017|acrylic, paint on board, 175cm x 184cm