Penny Mobsby’s exhibition, titled, Abstractionist, will be held at the UCT Irma Stern Museum from 8-29 June at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank. The artist will give a walkabout on Saturday 22 June at 11am.
The body of work was created whilst living and painting full time, from 2015 until 2017, in Scarborough, a nature reserve in Cape Point. The pulse, land shapes and Cape environment informed the paintings and drawings as an existential mirror.
Automatism and chance open the paintings realities into abstraction in a process of: I do, undo and redo. Push and pull qualities working painterly elements bring tensions, patterns, lines and form structures. The ambiguities of thinking, the ambivalence of emotions and the seeing eye, never betray the paintings in conception and realisation. This connection structures order in the evanescence of disorder.
For me, painting is “Jacob wrestling with the Angel”, wounding, naming and blessing, all take place at once.
From Louise Bourgeois: “I don’t need an interview”, Phaidon Folio, August 22 2017. “Without compassion, there is no work, no life, there is nothing. That is it.”
Gerard Richter describes “Abstract Expressionism as a kind of meditation on what was once possible, but, which precisely at that moment is no longer useful”. From interview, “On the Rhetoric of Painting”, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh
Opening hours: Tuesday- Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm
Website: www.irmasternmuseum.org.za Phone: 685 5686