Enigmatic figures in paint

2008-06-24 00:00

Margaret von Klemperer

ONE of the new exhibitions at artSPACE in Durban — it opened on Monday — is Paint and Process, an exhibition of work by two Hilton-based artists, Terri Broll and Terence King. King, who is emeritus professor of fine art on the local university campus, supervised Broll’s post-graduate studies some years ago and was approached by Broll to share the gallery at artSPACE for the exhibition.

The two have worked completely independently for the exhibition, and are splitting the space available between them, with nine or 10 works from each. However, they share an interest in what King describes as “the business of paint”.

King will be exhibiting nine paintings, all acrylics on paper. “They are all to do with the figure, or fragments of the figure, and all kinds of paraphernalia that is in an artist’s studio. It has interested me for a while,” he says.

King explains that he has taken some of the iconic devices of modernism, and juxtaposed them, aiming to show that things do not have to be fixed in space or time. His interest in the technical aspects of paint and painting adds to the sense of the subjects in his work being fixed or not fixed. “Some of the objects in the paintings could have gone to make a still life, but I am showing little pieces of them, like the scales that I have in my studio.”

For Broll, the technical aspects are not as important, although she was taught by King, and she says that she thinks their styles are not that different. She describes her work as “non representational; abstract with some figuration in some of the paintings”.

“I try to access the mysteries of places within the mind which only through creation of imagery can be brought out and thought about,” she says. “But for the viewer and myself the image has to be perpetually enigmatic.”

At the same time, in the Middle Gallery, will be Us by Kieran Smith, exploring familiar people and places in the artist’s life. The works explore the relationship between familiar people and proverbial places in and around Durban, particularly buildings and urban environments.

Both exhibitions run until July 12. Gallery hours at artSPACE are 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday and 10 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. For more information, phone 031 312 0793.

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