Beast at Home
6 March – 3 April 2010
Opening Saturday 6 March at 14:00
Exhibition poster available
Bonita Alice’s exhibition ‘Beast at Home’ opening on 6 March 2010 at GALLERY AOP, consists of drawings in dyed wool ‘dust’ on paper, many of which are circular in format. The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition poster with 2 short essays by Yvette Greslé and Wilhelm van Rensburg.
“Alice’s most recent body of work grows from earlier concerns with place, geography, history, memory, and the transience of all things. In these works … there is a sense of a very private, inner journey; a profoundly personal exploration of what it means as lived, human experience, to migrate geographically from the familiar to the strange.
The series ‘Beast at Home’, produced from Alice’s studio in Dalston, London, emerges most immediately out of a process that began with ‘Anticipated Memory’, an exhibition held with the Johannesburg gallery Art on Paper (GALLERY AOP), shortly before her departure from South Africa in 2007. In works exhibited on this show Alice began to explore the medium, which would become the focus of her London work: drawings on paper, made from dyed wool dust, sourced from felt factories in Johannesburg.” (Extract from ‘Beast at Home’ text by Yvette Greslé)
In his exhibition essay, Wilhelm van Rensburg says: “Paper and wool ‘dust’ are combined into objects that divide, delineate, and frame space instead of simply inhabiting it. Her moody, nostalgic, and often somber drawings spring from a poetic imagination of social space and personal memory. Her work utilizes evocative everyday detritus and materials culled from her personal life, as well as wistful and romantic utopian literary sources. Bonita Alice makes richly allusive drawings on paper in which layered images and juxtaposed spatial orientations evoke the subtleties of diverse but coexistent perspectives.”
Of her new exhibition, Bonita Alice says: “Beast belongs to the other inside, and sprang, I suppose in retrospect, from my recurring amazement at a need which, despite its being mostly quite neatly hidden, has the force to mould and direct us.”