Winning art showcased

2018-07-11 06:01

The works of the five winners of the 2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art competition are set to add flair to this year’s Vrystaat Arts Festival, held this week.

The exhibition runs from Friday (06/07) until 22 July.

Showcased in Gallery on Leviseur as part of the festival, the group exhibition of the winners’ work is sure to challenge any conservative notion of what Free State art is.

Mandi-Anne Bezuidenhout, 2017’s overall winner, will present her 18th century camera and chamber obscura devices (which portray the eternal environment within the interior of the gallery), as well as other photographic works.

André Rose, runner-up, applies photography and painting to explore how urbanisation and city living shapes, layers and moulds humanity.

David Molapisi, one of two merit award winners, is showcasing several wooden sculptures carved out of sleeper wood, chinaberry wood and wild olive tree wood.

Louis Krüger, the second merit award winner, is exhibi­ting digital photo montages that explore landscapes through movement.

Jessica Hansen, the 2017 public choice award winner, will exhibit ceramic sculptures made by hand, depicting children and the different environments in which they grow up.

The Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art competition, now in its third year, is presented by Phatshoane Henney Attorneys in association with the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

“The way in which the competition is constructed, is purposely aimed at creating wide exposure for talented artists from the province to attract as much attention as possible from the art fraternity and wider public and advance the careers of Free State artists,” says Sam Moleko, director at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys.

All competition winners, including merit award winners, automatically qualify for the winners’ group exhibition, which affords competition winners a further opportunity to showcase their work in a more dynamic group exhibition format.

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