Current Exhibition: 23 May – 22 June 2019

Ben Skinner: WOOLGATHERING.

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Ben Skinner: WOOLGATHERING

Indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining; absent-mindedness

Themed around escapism the exhibition is designed, at first, to provoke, confront and discomfort. It is not always easy to face in the mirror who we become, perhaps quite authentically, when we think we can’t be seen. It is about the guilty pleasures we indulge in and the underground, unknown, historic worlds we are intrigued by and seek a glimpse into.

The gallery itself becomes the artist’s elaborately built set, contrasting the refined with the depraved – the nude figures, rough textures, fine details, dirty light and layered expression so characteristic of his images saturate the gallery. The installation itself may at first be rather intimidating, seem unnervingly foreign. From there, you are encouraged to explore the exhibition and investigate each of the photographs. Watch how Ben documents the process of the people in his photographs, with an understanding of who they are, submerged within the environment he creates, being cast into characters that suit them personally. Through this exercise the viewer – the participant – is also invited to escape to a different time, a different feeling, a different realm.

This is an exhibition born of necessity: everything just as it needed to be seen, captured, displayed, communicated and interacted with.

Featured Art Work.

Spring Hillside

R40 000.00

Type: Oil on Canvas
Size: 150X130cm

Ripe

R7200.00

Type: Oil on Canvas
Size: 60X40cm

Guardians

R15 000.00

Type: Oil on Canvas
Size: 100X70cm

Skirt

R4800.00

Type: Oil on Canvas
Size: 31X37cm

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