A life of its own

This is not a tirade against a wise and witty, relatively well-known Novelist. It is instead a reflection on the free-wheeling, ever-evolving life of an artwork, experienced one afternoon in the shadows of my own personal interaction with said Novelist…   One day, quite unexpectedly, I found myself standing beside a relatively well-known Novelist. An elongated giant of a…

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Deconstructing Borders

  An art show entitled Deconstructing Borders can today no longer slink by unnoticed. Its very syntax is potent; thick and heavy with political, economic and moral significance. Regardless of whichever side one inhabits in this divisive, contemporary debate, the concept of the border is a loaded one. Two months into 2017 and it’s the buzzword…

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The Art of Listening

When we step in front of a painting or when we stand at the base of a sculpture, our eyes take control of the show. Scanning the forms before us, they wander across lines, encounter combinations of colour and glance at the nearby wall text. The gallery is indebted to the act of seeing, visual perception…

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Ni Haifeng’s “Para-Production”

It’s not everyday that an artist argues the meaninglessness of their work. Yet Chinese artist Ni Haifeng explains how he abandoned the “production of the useful” in his 2008 installation Para-Production, striving instead towards a “zero degree of meaning.” “Made In China” has become such a prevalent stamp upon our myriad of belongings, it tends to slip our mind as to…

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