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"Greg Schultz : Landscapes at the National Arts Festival, South Africa"
2001-06-28 until 2001-07-07
ZA South Africa
Landscape painting has been the artists' preoccupation for more than a decade. The energy of the new millennium is reflected in fresh perspectives, in a search for union with the subject.
Schultz's recent works represent a break with tradition, a new direction in search for a deepened closeness with nature. This is manifest in the symbiotic relationships expressed in the harmony proceeding from the contrast of dimensions, colour and mark making. These arise from the use of natural materials in geometrical and sacred shapes; conceptual works include typography, maps, directional arrows and alternative supports with spiked protrusions from the canvas. The spikes are guardians of the landscapes, their thorns a natural armament, the indigenous protection of nature.
The artist chooses the ecologically sensitive estuaries of the South Eastern Cape as his subject, which host a multitude of flora and fauna. Here he explores and extrapolates the meditative and contemplative spaces impregnated with energy and inspiration for the human spirit.
These vulnerable and finely balanced waterways are strikingly carved into the land. Their shapes like jagged bolts of lightening, their life-giving veins as transient, threatened by the careless in humankind.
Schultz reveals that these magnificent hearts of nature, arising from the mists of time, are as finite as those who guard them.