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Bonita Alice (July 2007)


Anticipated Memory 7 - 28 July 2007 Opening Saturday 7 July 2007 at 15:00 Walkabout with the artist on Saturday 14 July 2007 at 15:00 If cartographers represent space by drawing it in two dimensions on a map, and archeologists determine the beginnings of historical time by studying human artifacts, is it not possible to find a method of referring to our experience of the coalescence of space and time? Artists, such as Bonita Alice, do just that by articulating private utopias and interrupted narratives in which human longings find their space, in which time is suspended, and in which memory is anticipated.* Bonita Alice’s exhibition Anticipated Memory at Art on Paper Gallery consists of drawings in wool ‘dust’ and archival glue on paper and a single sculptural work. The work on this exhibition have their roots in her previous exhibition,Promised Land (2005) in which she reflected on Utopia and its role in matters of life and death. Born in Johannesburg and having lived here all her life, she is emigrating to the United Kingdom soon after the exhibition ends. As the title of the exhibition suggests, she concerns herself here with her “own reflections on the experiences of the past and present in a future time… Some of these new works toy with the idea of being able to actually live different times of life randomly and at will, rather than simply reflect upon them. In anticipation of my leaving South Africa for some time later this year, I find myself fantasizing about what and how I will remember in the future. Missing home manifests as a longing to return. I fantasize about being able to do this at will and spontaneously. To visit in another form, without weight and limitations of the body”. (B Alice, Johannesburg 2007) * The exhibition is accompanied by a brochure, with an essay by Wilhelm van Rensburg, Art educator, University of Johannesburg.

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Click the image for a view of: Installation view
Installation view
Click the image for a view of: Heaven II. Installation image 1
Heaven II. Installation image 1
Click the image for a view of: Heaven II. Installation image 2
Heaven II. Installation image 2
Click the image for a view of: Triptych
Triptych
Click the image for a view of: Then 1 - 20 (photo W Oosthuizen)
Then 1 - 20 (photo W Oosthuizen)
Click the image for a view of: Gasworks (photo W Oosthuizen)
Gasworks (photo W Oosthuizen)
Click the image for a view of: Double Float Waves (photo W Oosthuizen)
Double Float Waves (photo W Oosthuizen)
Click the image for a view of: Black Float Trees (photo W Oosthuizen)
Black Float Trees (photo W Oosthuizen)
Click the image for a view of: Silhouette (photo W Oosthuizen)
Silhouette (photo W Oosthuizen)
Click the image for a view of: Encoded South African Nostalgia Drawing (photo W Oosthuizen)
Encoded South African Nostalgia Drawing (photo W Oosthuizen)
Posted: 7/13/2007 (7:16:03 AM)


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