Between the lines
By Marie Sygne Le Baud
Group show: Patrick Bongoy, Jake Michael Singer, Atang Tshikare
12 December 2019 – 8 February 2020
Between the lines of the rational and the intangible we are sensible beings trying to make sense of our feelings.
In each of the exhibited artists practice there is a linearity, urging us to look at the structure and technique. The line of the pen in Atang Tshikare works gets us to a new world he designed, where we discover creatures born from his imagination and distancing us from what happened to the country, the continent he grew up in. His surreal works inspire familiarity by using African patterns and references, he is setting an Afrofuturisic vision. Revoking the past, he creates a future free from the weight of colonisation and conflicts, free to develop and evolve with nature, free from humans; full of life and promises.
With his rubber installation Patrick Bongoy’s works with the matter as if it was fabric, playing with texture and sensations. The beautiful rawness of what he brings before our eyes leaves just enough space to keep us straight when we could crumble. Deeply anchored in the Democratic Republic of Congo social and political situation his works are embedded in the environment people are leaving in and what is left after despair and chaos. Recycling what was discarded to rubbish and bringing it into a new aesthetic, he uses inner tubes of vehicle tyres and african fabric raising a sense of banality through the materials and questioning what comes next.
When asked why he decided to work with stainless steel Jake Michael Singer replies that it is the imposed focus dictated by the dangerousness of cutting the steel stem and the welding that made this material his. Playing with paradoxes his sculptures take you on a poetic journey, bringing lightness to stainless steel and making it fly. The choice of this material is well thought: very rough, solid and sustainable in South Africa it is extensively used to protect or divide people. Here in Singer’s hands it gains another purpose. The artist uses emergent behaviour to dictate forms: twists and curves result from the relationship between parts rather than from the individual parts themselves – mimicking nature in the way that birds flock, the murmurations series is a dance of creation. Everything is intertwined, dependent, and comes to life when looked at as a whole, creating a symbol of transcendence.
Between the lines, aims at looking to the drive that leads to the creation, the message behind the artwork, the strength of the form guiding us to our inner emotions. This group show will be held in Cape Town at THK Gallery from 12 December 2019 to 8 February 2020.
Jake Michael Singer