Where the body and self intersect

2016-10-12 06:00
Rory Klopper with his creations, ‘Fat Man and Thin Man’. PHOTO: supplied

Rory Klopper with his creations, ‘Fat Man and Thin Man’. PHOTO: supplied

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MASTERS art student, Rory Klopper, hosts an exhibition of his work at the Jack Heath Gallery, at UKZN Pietermaritzburg’s Centre for Visual Art, next week.

This exhibition concludes three years of Masters work interrogating the self. Klopper explores his feelings regarding social structures that adhere to a particular norm of which he finds himself unable to subscribe.

His work navigates complex social structures that are primarily influenced by his homosexuality.

As the “other” always looking in, his work evokes a sense of isolation and the bizarre, and has come to explore concepts of queer theory, grotesque realism, and the cadaver exquisite to try to understand who he is in the act of becoming.

One perceives oneself as a body that looks and behaves a certain way, but this body is an illusion of social enculturation.

Klopper deconstructs his body and reinterprets its form to try and understand who he really is. In doing so he creates surreal creatures based on how he perceives himself within society.

His work explores his life journey and is an intimate reflection of an individual who intuitively explores his emotions through tangible modes of creation: painting, drawing, cut-outs, photography, and assemblage.

Klopper’s work allows for elements of chance to unfold which he believes unveils the authentic self. Perfection does not interest him, the uncontrolled and flawed speak more closely to his reality.

He explores gendering of sexuality through colour and contour, and his work expresses a desire to emancipate himself from social indoctrination that restricts individual fluidity.

Through his work, Klopper explores ways of understanding at what point the body and self intersect in the formation of identity, and how awareness of this intersection can assist in the formation of a more enlightened version of oneself.

See Klopper’s exhibit at the Jack Heath Gallery on October 14 at 5.30pm for 6pm. Refreshments will be served. Secure parking is available and the artwork will be on sale.

- Arts Editor.

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