MURMURS OF EARTH | A Group Exhibition |
26 March – 26 April 2019
Dear art lovers and avid collectors,Please join us for the opening of this awe-inspiring exhibition! Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Shop 5A, The Avenues, C/o Drama and Caledon Street, Somerset West
It is our great pleasure to present to you this outstanding body of work comprising of contemporary works by our brilliant artists.
Heidi Fourie | Kate Schärf | Lothar Böttcher | Nina Torr | Sarah Walmsley |
Stephen Rosin | Marnus Havenga
MURMURS OF EARTH
Is a group show inspired by The Voyager Spacecrafts that were launched in 1977.
Aboard it is the Golden Records
A time-capsule of the human spirit encrypted in binary code on a twelve-inch gold-plated copper disc, containing greetings in the fifty-four most prolific human languages and songs from the humpback whales, 117 images of life on Earth, and a representative selection of our planet’s sounds, from an erupting volcano, to a kiss, to Bach.
And so, on Valentine’s Day of 1990, the Voyager took the now-iconic image of Earth
known as the “Pale Blue Dot” — a grainy pixel, “a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,” as Carl Sagan so poetically put it when he immortalized the photograph in his beautiful “Pale Blue Dot” monologue from Cosmos — that great masterwork of perspective, a timeless reminder that “everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was… every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician” lived out their lives on this pale blue dot. And every political conflict, every war we’ve ever fought, we have waged over a fraction of this grainy pixel barely perceptible against the cosmic backdrop of endless lonesome space.
In the cosmic blink of our present existence, as we stand on this increasingly fragmented pixel, it is worth keeping the Voyager in mind as we find our capacity for perspective constricted by the stranglehold of our cultural moment.
We hope to see you at the opening!
Art on Avenues Contemporary Gallery
C. 084 042 9229
Tuesday - Friday: 10AM - 7PM
Saturday: 10AM - 2PM
Sunday & Monday: Closed