Painting a picture or five

2015-09-22 06:00
Frank Lunar has a new solo exhibition on show at The Drawing Room, Observatory’s new gallery.


Frank Lunar has a new solo exhibition on show at The Drawing Room, Observatory’s new gallery. PHOTO:

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The Drawing Room gallery in Observatory is hosting a new exhibition of paintings by Cape Town born and raised illustrator Frank Lunar.

Project Eden is Lunar’s second solo exhibition and consists of five large scale portraits of imaginary thought provoking characters.

The five pillars of Project Eden were given no names, only numbers – “pillar #1” to “pillar #5”. You will have to figure out yourself. The colours pallet ranges between white, black and red. This choice leaves the paintings with plenty of pink, a brilliant aesthetic packaging for the content delivered.

“The pillars are the guards of Project Eden. I’m trying to paint a picture of the world that I observe. We are the fiction of yesterday. This is what is happening right now – fake beauty that comes at a cost.”

“If you give up your freedom – you can have everything else.”

When he is asked about the purpose of the exhibition, Lunar tells he wants people to feel intrigue. He wants to make the audience “try to figure out the meaning behind the pillars”. “People will recognize images, and will start asking why they are there”.

In the five portraits Frank re-contextualizes popular visual symbols – snakes, a microphone, a pig, fancy chair, frying pan, USB stick, sexy thighs. He wants to have frank conversations, and he makes it ever more appealing.

Lunar has been working on this project for more than two years. Checking concepts, exploring different directions, researching, reading, talking, listening, drawing, living, observing. It ended up as an exhibition just around the corner from his home. Here, in the “Obs” that he calls home for the past three years, he occupies a public space, and turns The Drawing Room into an extension of his own bedroom, his studio, himself; with a fresh feel of his freedom. V

The Drawing Room is situated at 87 Station Road and is open Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 17:00 and on Saturdays from 09:00 to 17:00. The exhibition runs until Tuesday 13 October

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