Dec 11, 2020 – Jan 20, 2021
11 December 2020 - 23 January 2021
Everard Read London presents a WINTER exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by more than 15 artists from South Africa and the diaspora.
The exhibition includes a new work by South Africa’s pre-eminent realist painter, John Meyer. Entitled Genesis, Meyer captures the ephemeral beauty of the night sky with two iconic baobabs as silent witnesses. The wonder and vastness of the cosmos and stark beauty of the rocky landscape evoke a sense of deep time that feels reassuring in these uncertain days.
Acclaimed South Africa sculptor, Dylan Lewis, presents a series of tiny bronze sculptures through which he has distilled the essence of his most recent exhibition CHTHONIOS, scheduled to open at Everard Read London in June 2021. As embodiments of the tensions and complexities of human relationships, these sculptures venture from visceral abstraction and frank eroticism, to bold exuberance and wholesale embracing of the human figure. The creation of these miniatures entailed the compressing of huge sculptural forms and ideas into smaller works which required reworking the form, composition, and texture of each sculpture.
Teresa Kutala Firmino’s seemingly playful works are rich in symbolism and metaphor and explore complex issues of gender, identity, cultural heritage, and history. Firmino creates a series of tableaux in which her female forms, often with faces resembling African masks, are the protagonists of her narratives that question the status quo and imagine alternative realities.
Political satire has long been Brett Murray’s primary preoccupation and his sculptural works in bronze, steel and marble take aim at the culture wars, the clash between Afrocentrism and Eurocentrism, and the old and the new South Africas. “Poking fun at his country’s imperfect transition to democracy has proved more tragic than comic a pastime”* and in his most recent work, Murray turns his attention inward and withdraws to the intimacy of his home. But the political cannot be kept out, it leaks from a multitude of digital screens and his Self Portrait in this exhibition hints at sleepless nights.