distill motion

Thu, July 27, 2017 to Sat, August 19, 2017
  • Emma Kielczynska, Light I, 2017, Installation with embossed reflective glass beads on cotton paper, 70 x 46cm
  • Emma Kielczynska, Light II, 2017, Installation with embossed reflective glass beads on cotton paper, 70 x 46cm
  • Emma Kielczynska, Light III, 2017, Installation with embossed reflective glass beads on cotton paper, 70 x 46cm
  • Sepideh Mehraban, Palimpsest VII, 2017, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 40cm
  • Sepideh Mehraban, Palimpsest V, 2017, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 40cm
  • Sepideh Mehraban, Palimpsest X, 2017, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 40cm
  • Madeline Groenewald, Waveflow, 9:09 – 9:12 I, 2016, Series of 7 aquatint etchings on Zerkall Intaglio paper, 31 X 31 cm, Edition of 5
  • Madeline Groenewald, Waveflow, 9:09 – 9:12 VI, 2016, Series of 7 aquatint etchings on Zerkall Intaglio paper, 31 X 31 cm, Edition of 5
  • Madeline Groenewald, Waveflow, 9:09 – 9:12 VII, 2016, Series of 7 aquatint etchings on Zerkall Intaglio paper, 31 X 31 cm, Edition of 5
  • Karen Cronje, Iteration V, 2017, Oil on linen, 80 x 80cm
  • Karen Cronje, Iteration IV, 2017, Oil on linen, 60 x 60cm
  • Karen Cronje, Iteration II, 2017, Oil on linen, 40 x 40cm

SMITH proudly presents ‘distill motion’, a group show featuring Sepideh Mehraban, Emma Kielczynska, Karen Cronje and Madeline Groenewald exploring the inherent complications and creative prospects offered by attempting to capture a place or a moment in time.

With a collection of paintings, prints, photographs and even a musical score, each artist has taken an idea, object or invention and broken it down to create new meaning by superimposing their process onto the finished work.

By including evidence of the artists’ own interferences with their respective subject matter, the works reflect the susceptibility of any isolated depiction to the vagaries of its producer.

Sepideh Mehraban challenges versions of reality and conjures new forms in her paintings, which respond to the contradictions she perceives between official and personal histories in her native Iran. Mehraban’s practice tracks the discrepancies between her own lived experience in Iran and the state’s biased representation of the same period.

Drawing from Jean Baudrillard’s appraisal of today’s world as a ‘hyperreal’ space in which reality and imitation are potentially mistakable, Mehraban uses family snapshots – some her own, some not – as source material to look at how an individual’s presumed reality can be misappropriated and, through painting, further interfered with.

Emma Kielczynska uses the tactile surfaces of everyday things as unconventional printing surfaces. Orange bags, nets, weaves and hessian are dipped dye and pressed onto paper to create beautiful, abstract monotypes.

Painter Karen Cronje’s works study the perpetual motion inherent in natural scenes. Using photographs of the same space taken at various times over long periods of time, Cronje superimposes said scenes with her own fluctuating emotive response to return tension and volatility to otherwise seemingly inert landscapes.

By digitally manipulating or corrupting the images before her painting begins, she further loosens them from their apparent stasis. Working on several works at once, Cronje then impulsively adds complexity and layers to the canvas as her wavering disposition imbues itself into the image.

Experiment and process is at the heart of Madeline Groenewald’s multifarious collection of works. Limiting her movement to an extreme by selecting a particular rock on Bloubergstrand beach as a vantage point, she zooms in on small areas and explores these narrowed spaces in painstaking detail.

Assuming the role of pseudo-scientist, Groenewald meticulously maps the area to produce ‘natural data’, which was in turn is applied to music composition systems with a view to converting visual forms to musical sound.

To this end, Waveflow translates ripple patterns left in the sand by the swash and backwash of waves into a series of etchings, visual scores and wind ensemble music. The resulting musical movements will be performed by a French horn quartet in the gallery.

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