Hazard Gallery’s latest presentation features an exercise in visual linguistics. In this new exhibition entitled ‘Broken Text’ Stephan Erasmus returns to the act of writing sorrowful love letters to a muse. DECO finds out more.
Erasmus’ long established practice of sampling text from various sources (sorrowful love songs, poetry and other bodies of text) is made more personal in ‘Broken Text’. As these letters/bodies of text are constructed, Erasmus explores not only the idealised idea of the muse but also the aspect of the muse as the Siren. Familiar ideas of duality surrounding the muse and siren are pushed to the foreground through the fractured nature of the text.
The text in its original form as an intimate letter written to a muse is only the first aspect of my relationship with the muse. As with most creative acts the idea of doubt amplified by the softly whispering siren becomes an obstruction. This obstruction causes the encryption process to mimic the process of building a puzzle with no clear key or indication in where to put each puzzle piece. – Stephan Erasmus
Stephan Erasmus has been a practicing artist for more than 20 years and has gained experience the gallery industry by working in a wide variety of galleries that includes municipal, commercial and corporate galleries.
Through his experience in the art world he has honed his skill as an educator, curator and as an artist. In his artistic career he has established himself as a recognised artist represented in corporate, university, museum and private collections locally and internationally.
He is also one of the founding members of the Dead Bunny Society.
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HAZARD Editions Boutique opening on 25th October, 1 – 5pm
HAZARD Gallery is delighted to announce the launch of HAZARD Editions, their in-house boutique. HAZARD Editions presents bespoke designs and small–run, capsule collections by local and international brands with a strong focus on high quality products and specifically, artist-designer collaborations. Featured brands at the launch include BLAC Designs, RETROSUPERFUTURE Sunglasses (Milan), Alabaste Cashmere, Adele Dejak Jewelry (Nairobi), BEX ROX Jewelry (London), Stockton (Cape Town), i&i apparel (Cape Town/Montreal), HAZARD Editions (JHB), Granadilla Swimwear (Cape Town) amongst others.
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