Solo Exhibition - Vivien Kohler
'At the Still Point of the Turning World'
curated by Andrew Lamprecht
Vivien Kohler will bring an array of innovative and technically demanding works together for his latest solo exhibition in London. Tied together by a deep concern for issues of homelessness, poverty and the plight of indigent people in his native South Africa, Kohler takes great care to give dignity to his subjects and present them as human beings facing seemingly insurmountable odds in their everyday life.
The artist works closely with his subjects on a daily basis and the resultant works are not only beautiful and moving but also show technical skill and the development of unique artistic methodologies to portray what he sees as a scourge affecting South Africa. The seeming ‘invisibility’ of the homeless is brought starkly to the forefront in this multimedia exploration of the subject.
A recurring theme in the exhibition is that of cardboard boxes, which are habitually used by homeless people as shelter and sleeping material. Kohler’s cardboard seems to be just that – cardboard – but closer examination reveals that it is actually the product of highly articulated combinations of painting and print and an artistically sophisticated response to the issues he is dealing with ‘At the still point of the turning world.’
In terms of relevance, social responsiveness and innovatory artistic practice, this exhibition is a must-see.
The exhibition will be opened in the presence of the artist on Tuesday 30 October 2018 at 18:30.
Image credit: Vivien Kohler F4.thm-R (Fathomer) 2018 Material One, resin, fiberglass, silkscreen ink and spray paint 32x36cm
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