THE AVA GALLERY
in partnership with Spier
invites you to the opening of four exhibitions
Places To Get Lost In -
A Well Worn Road
Opening on Monday,
26 November 2012 at 18:00
Exhibition closes on Friday,
11 January 2013 at 13:00
Zemba Luzamba presents La Sapa in the Main Gallery. La Sapa explores the growth of an aspirational way of living with imagery of people enjoying a contemporary African way of life. Whilst Luzamba medium of oil painting is traditional, his choice of subject matter is contemporary. This body of work investigates the expanding performative tradition of the ‘La Sape’ in central Africa and from where he hails in Zambia. These paintings, mostly of men, dressed in extravagant and symbolic clothing draw on a recognisable aesthic often associated with African barber shop signage.
Vernon Williams presents Places to Get Lost in – Empty Traces in the Long gallery. The landscape paintings provide no markers, disallowing a sense of place, fostering an eerie limitless, no boundaries, no beginnings or ending. The figures captured in oil on canvas inhabit, as much as they embody, this existential space.
"Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost." The Inferno: Dante Alighieri.
Timothy Zanzi presents A Well Worn Road in the Artsstrip. A series of paintings that defer, both in their formal articulation, and in their reflections on social norms, to the works of Gerard Sekoto and Peter Clarke. Zanzi hinges his investigation on modes of transport as signifiers of power, highlighting with humour and irony how South African society in certain ways is still walking the same road it was, when Sekote and Clarke were in their prime.
Restive employs the new Media room with a sound installation titled generative v3.0. Exploring perceptions of, and relationships to sonic environments; Restive builds a spacial sculptural event. Through his investigation of generative sound processes and compositional devices, Restive draws the visitor’s attention to the physical component of sound.