Curated exhibition:

Angels and demons, 2008

Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria

ANGELS AND DEMONS, 7 – 28 JUNE 2008

DIANE VICTOR, FRANCOIS VAN REENEN, JOHAN CONRADIE

As South Africans we live in a twilight time of in-betweens, grey areas and transformation, but also of extremities and contradictions. A prominent international curator recently described our country as being in the ‘global gutter’ – maybe a dystopian place of survival and strain. It is moreover a place populated by memories and signs of hope and despair, angels and demons.

Diane Victor’s post-apocalyptic work presents human fragility in her fantasies of devastation, decay and disaster, depicting notions of cruelty as embossed into human consciousness.

Francois van Reenen deals with temporality and the absurd; the playfulness of his Pop style images belies their hidden psychology of fear, fantasy and memory.  Although mischievous, there is a hint of mesmerising nightmare, almost as something known but not acknowledged. Although familiar and mundane, his objects become imbued with the banal to take on an iconic, almost archetypal status.

Johan Conradie’s work explores eschatological space through photorealistic paintings and painterly photographs. Beauty, ruin and spirituality are rendered in works that are both virtual and material, past and present.

Francois van Reenen, Very Bored Girl  Ltd edition 5
Its Raining Sweets FvR
Francois van Reenen, Sweet surrender boy pink Ltd edition of
Loverboy FvR
Francois van Reenen, Parasite Love Ltd edition 9
Bolognaise FvR
loverboy and shy girl FvR
Crying Cowboy FvR
parasite Love big FvR
my dad'd an asshole boy FvR
sweet surender boyv FvR
Shy Girl FvR
Murpy's law FvR
Francois van Reenen, Pink-mickey-2008
Francois van Reenen,
Francois van Reenen, Do Bullrushes dream of grilledBratwurst
Francois van Reenen, DogBoyBig
Francois van Reenen, Dog Boy Black Ltd edition 9
Francois van Reenen, DogBoy Black
Therionthrope DV
Griffin
MAmmy Watla DV
Angel DV
Janus Frog DV
Diane Victor, The falling man
Diane Victor, Burning man
Diane Victor, Smoke head #27
Diane Victor, Smoke head #26
Diane Victor, Smoke head #25
Diane Victor, Smoke head #22
Diane Victor, Smoke head #21
Diane Victor, Smoke head #20
Diane Victor, Smoke head #19
Diane Victor, Smoke head #18
Diane Victor, Smoke head #17
Diane Victor, Smoke head #16
Diane Victor, Smoke head #15
Diane Victor, Smoke head #13
1Diane Victor, Smoke head #4
Diane Victor, Smoke head #12
Diane Victor, Smoke head #10
Diane Victor, Smoke head #7
Diane Victor, Smoke head #8
Diane Victor, Smoke head #1
Diane Victor, Smoke head #5
Diane Victor, Smoke head #6
Diane Victor, Smoke head ##23
Diane Victor, Smoke head ##28
Johan Conradie, Black winged
Passage JC
Perfection and prediction 1 JC
Atonement JC
Perfection and prediction 2 JC