THE SCENT OF JOSS STICKS | a solo exhibition by renowned artist, Vanessa Berlein.
Exhibition opens Thursday, 02 November 2017, 18h00 until 21h00 at Eclectica Contemporary, 69 Burg Street, Cape Town.
“Embedded in a time of increasing technological and industrial change, society is in a state of rapid, constant redressing. We open ourselves to an array of costumes tailor-made to perform in unique or a vast range of contexts and circumstances. We fulfil certain roles in the play of society, changing between the political, social, cultural and environmental as one would do during scenes. And as a result of a constant and somewhat almost-automatic state of adaptation, we are presented with very little time to breath, look back and revel in what we have progressed from.
Her body of work appears to create a time lapse, as she combines jubilant subject matter with bare edges of canvas and paper with distressed surfaces, revealing the ageing presence of time and process. And like the split seconds between inhaling and exhaling, she places the viewer in a space where the progression of time and the passing of it briefly congregate. It’s as if she stages a dubious moment of farewell rather than goodbye. Although she presents the viewer with a realization pertaining to the decay of time and matter, she too offers an opportunity to preserve what is left and what one can take from the moment. .” – Kirsten Arendse