FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
'Pulse' an exhibition of new works by Riaan van Zyl
17 – 22 November , 2011
OPENING RECEPTION Thursday 17 November, 6:30 – 10:30 PM
Van Zyl presents 'Pulse', his solo exhibition of new work. Opening November 17, the works will be on view through November 22, 2011.
The exhibition will be opened by artist MJ Lourens.
'Pulse' is a series of van Zyl's sketches and paintings. The magnetic heartbeat of the world is sketched using the sculptural form of trees and a surrealist horizon, thus creating a cardiogram of our existence.
He assembles contrast, line and structure to explore the vast visual landscapes that challenge the understanding of our milieu. Sketches composed of random lines in space or strong emotive mark making on canvas, takes open spaces and geographic expanses and create strong composition. Following the precepts of expressive minimalism, a conceptual framework is created for the viewer to get lost in.
He uses his chosen mediums to its full potential. Layers and layers of oil paint, hundreds of erasers and a lot of charcoal. In his big sketches and paintings, the forced scale consistently creates strong and powerful images. His engagement with the landscape provides a portal through which we can enter his extraordinary world. Some of his works function as both an exercise towards line and movement - a result achieved through copious daily “drawing”.
Riaan van Zyl's work hangs in private and corporate collections around the world. This is Riaan's fourth show in Cape Town where he lives and works in Kalk Bay.
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