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"BRAD HAMMOND: DE-TUNED CHANNELS"
2000-03-08 until 2000-04-05
JHB Civic Gallery
Braamfontein, , ZA South Africa

The JHB Civic Gallery is delighted to be hosting a solo exhibition by Brad Hammond. Brad received a BA Fine Arts, with distinction in 1995 from the University of the Witwatersrand. He works in television production as well as working independently as an artist and filmmaker. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions including video/art shows such as Scramble (1996; Civic Gallery, Braamfontein) and Channel (1999; Association for the Visual Arts, Cape Town), and Personal Concerns at the Rembrandt Gallery 1999.

Brad was a merit award winner in the Sasol New Signatures (1998) and the ABSA Atelier Competition (July 1999). In June 1999, he won the Kempton Park/Thembisa Metropolitan Councils annual art competition.

The De-tuned Channels form a series of images that take television frequencies as their starting point. These are then translated into large wax etchings. The channels are a metaphor for modes of consciousness, mostly meditative or unexplored landscapes.

Most of the images take months to complete as they consist of large fields of tiny marks. This imbues the images with a sense of infinity or spaciousness into which the mind can dissolve. The channels are concerned with the unmapped areas of experience, images which are intended to be felt, rather than understood.

While the channels draw on contemporary technological sources, the work also displays a firm commitment to painting and drawing, which reflects Brads belief that these mediums are constantly relevant to a contemporary world.

In fact, the virtual landscape presents an exciting new territory that is at once inner and outer, offering endless possibilities.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday 8 March at 6:00pm. The exhibition will be opened by Karel Nel. Please join us for drinks.

This exhibition continues the mission of the JHB Civic Gallery to support and encourage young and emerging South African artists.

- artslink


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