Art : Diptych Exhibition in Braamfontein



Diptych is an exhibition of 45 artists speaking to each other and to the audience; jousting in a tete-a-tete and tit for tat of 23 conversations, dialogic performances and interactive explorations. Their conversations are real and gritty, following on from a long line of conversations between artists: “We must talk to each other as much as we can, [Matisse] told Pablo one day. “When one of us dies, there will be some things the other will never be able to talk about with anyone else” (Gilot/ Lake 1964, 264).

The work in Diptych captures this, with the artists locating their conversations in the now of South Africa as a thermometer of the contemporary present for artists standing outside the gallery scene. Obsessed with clashes in culture, a sense of abandonment and neglect, belonging, materiality, shared visual poetics and the obsession of the public with a need to be in conversation, the artworks range across mediums and and styles in a cacophony of arguments, debates and consensus. Located in the space of a building being formed with bricks and mortar, Diptych shouts out in the larger context of Braamfontein, in conversation with the larger growth and impermanence of Johannesburg.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays 21 September and 28 September and runs until 29 September 2013.

Read more on http://assemblage.co.za/

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