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Order and Division Exhibition at Brundyn and Gonsalves
Gina Heyer's exhibition of photorealistic oil paintings
Brundyn + Gonsalves gallery – formerly iArt – presents Gina Heyer’s second solo exhibition, ‘Order and Division’; opening night is scheduled for Wednesday, 22 August 2012.
The collection unravels and dissects the skeleton of a school building, taking the viewer from empty corridors and bathrooms to expansive landings. It explores the concept that a building shaped by human hands, in turn, shapes the minds of those who attend its classes.
For one, the photorealistic exhibition reinforces the absence of individuality through its portrayal of the cold, hard and repetitive façades of the architecture. Linoleum, porcelain and painted walls reflect the harsh fluorescent lighting and mellow sunlight, while seductively enticing the viewer.
Though, aside from Heyer’s ability to expertly capture how the cold sterile holding cells allow individuals to confront their anonymity, she also depicts the way the order, discipline and symmetry provide a certain amount of safety in the structural design and principles of the public institution.
"I see these spaces as archetypal of my experience growing up in South Africa. More than light on surfaces, I aim to capture the way these surfaces and spaces feel, the way they smell, the way they negotiate interactions with the ‘other’ and the way these types of public spaces are collectively remembered," explained Gina Heyer, in an interview with Hayden Proud.
The exhibition opens on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 at 6pm (wine will be served), and runs through to 3 October, 2012.
Having graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stellenbosch University in 2011, Heyer is now based in Stellenbosch as a full time artist. She also teaches drawing part time at Stellenbosch University’s Visual Arts Department.
Brundyn + Gonsalves gallery
Established in 2006 under the direction of Elana Brundyn and Ann Gonsalves, Brundyn + Gonsalves seeks only the best in established and emerging South African contemporary art talent. Having carved a niche for itself as an esteemed cultural voice, the gallery is home to the work of some of the country’s foremost contemporary artists.
Brundyn + Gonsalves is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm and on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.
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