This exhibition returns for a second year after a sell-out success at TAF16 and is curated especially for the Turbine Art Fair. This exhibition features some of the best post-graduate painting from fine arts departments across South Africa.
Curated by Jessica Webster in collaboration with Amber-Jade Geldenhuys and MC Roodt, the title of the exhibition is touch and will feature paintings which emphasise surface-quality and texture in which the meaning of the work is made. This brings a wide variety of painterly forms into focus such as how thick layers of paint may heighten a sense of the psycho-somatic or how painting in ultra-thin layers provokes an experience of the ethereal. Alternatively, painting in hyper-realistic ways can capture the visual textures of objects and figures. The show is aimed at evoking a deep impression of sensuality in material methods of painting.
“We want the vistors to TAF to perceive how the choice of material and technique causes certain processes which inform the concept and affect of particular paintings. Moreover, references to the art-historical canon are also a significant means by which contemporary painting comes to have potency. The show will therefore be accompanied by a critical and explanatory piece of writing on each artist exhibited, which will suggest possible readings the viewer may take from the work “ says Jessica Webster, Curator.