Visceral at Cavalli Gallery

Visceral | Group Exhibition:
12 February 2017 (16:00) – 2 April 2017
at Cavalli Gallery, Cavalli Estate, R44, Somerset West
“The purpose of art is to collide the intellectual and visceral together at the highest speed possible” – Penn Jillette
Participating artists: Anè Lategan | Belinda Blignaut | Caitlin Hocking | David Brits | Frikkie Eksteen | Izanne Wiid | Jo Voysey | Jonathan Freemantle | Karin Lijnes | Evelyn Bracklow | La Philie Ceramics | Lakin Ongunbanwo | WHATIFTHEWORLD | Lauren Palte | Michael Elion | Stanislaw Trzebinksi | Sue Greeff
We live in an age of disturbing flux, uncertainty and ethical quandaries. Unsettled
has become our new norm, and so we are obsessed with the visceral and the
animalistic because it renders the perfunctory rituals of our everyday life.
It reminds us that we are all temporal.
David Abram paraphrases the well-known phenomenologist, Maurice Merleau-
Ponty, when he states that ‘the sensing body is not a programmed machine but an
active and open form, continually improvising its relation to things and to the
Like affect, the visceral feeling is pre-reflective and bodily. And in relation to art,
the physical reaction to a work of art can be accompanied by a sensation of
anticipation or unease, ensuring the viewer’s attention is seized.
Thereafter, if the artwork is nuanced and engaging, it will hold the viewer’s
attention long after the viewer has moved away, ultimately providing prolonged
reciprocity between the artist, artwork and viewer.
The participating artists explore ‘visceral effect’, as a mode of response and
instinctual communication and to examine the way preconconceptual responses to
events, actions and circumstances may be the origin and influence of profound
subjective formation and consequence.
Image: Jo Voysey, “War” (detail), 170x240cm, Mixed Media