April 3, 2014 - Comments Off on flash!back(s): A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK BY JOHANN DU PLESSIS 15 April – 8 May 2014
The award winning artist Johann du Plessis looks back at 2012 and 2013 with a series of 30 new mixed media works in his latest solo exhibition, “flash!-back(s)”. Du Plessis, who began to recover last year from a long and arduous battle with cancer, utilises photographs taken en route to Cape Town from last year’s Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn. The process of integration of these images with other mediums such as collage and drawing was a reaction to newfound hope and dignity as the effects of radiation and chemotherapy on body and soul gradually started to fade.
Du Plessis reworked and manipulated his images into an arresting series of vertical and horizontal panels. It is less of a documentation of specific places, and more of a process of reflection through remembering (pictures) and re-enacting (drawing and collage) an emotive journey through time and space. Visually, the panels have a strong meditative quality which flows smoothly through fragmented landscapes. Du Plessis describes these works as “reflections of moments in time and space, allowing ideas to form meaning through different layers of reality”.
Johann Du Plessis is an artist, art educator and curator. A retrospective of his work recently travelled to the Sasol Museum in Stellenbosch, the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley and the gallery of the North West University in 2014 and 2014. His work is included in various public, corporate and private collections in South Africa and abroad. Du Plessis has received numerous awards including being the overall winner at the FNB Art Competition (1987); a merit award at the 15th Grand Prix International d’Art Contemporain in Monaco, and finalists in the FNB Vita Art Now Award (1995) and the Brett Kebble Art Awards (2003).