STEVENSON is pleased to present new paintings by Zander Blom. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 5 September from 6-8pm, and runs until 13 October.
A quote from Françoise Gilot's biography on Picasso made a lasting impression on me at the end of last year: "[Work] below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve."
The added benefit of such a limitation in painting is that it has the potential to facilitate a refinement and expansion of one's language and ability. A limitation by its very nature forces one to seek out alternative avenues or ways to solve problems, and in doing so it can open up a range of new possibilities.
After last year's exceptionally colourful paintings I found myself moving back towards a monochromatic palette with newfound drive, purpose, clarity and intent. This year I'm narrowing my focus and sharpening my craft.
Blom was born in 1982 in Pretoria, and lives in Johannesburg. He has held two previous solo exhibitions at Stevenson, in Cape Town in 2010 and Johannesburg in 2011; solo shows have also taken place at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, USA (2011-12); Galerie van der Mieden in Antwerp and 5x6x9, Berlin (both 2010). Important group exhibitions include The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989 at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany (2011); Ampersand at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2010); and .ZA: Young Art from South Africa at Palazzo Delle Papesse, Siena, Italy (2008).
The artist will give a walkabout of his exhibition in support of the friends of the South African National Gallery on Friday 7 September at 11am. Cost is R20 (members and non-members); all are welcome.