Galerie Rodolphe Janssen is pleased to present AlphaBête, the third solo exhibition of South African artist Kendell Geers at the gallery.
AlphaBête presents a selection of new works by Kendell Geers. A display of vibrant and powerful paintings, drawings and installations in which Kendell Geers suprises but reassures at the same time; his unique visual language as forceful as ever. Through the paintings from the Ligne de Fuite series, french philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s transitional notion of “ligne de fuite” (that he coined with Félix Guittari to describe existence) manifests itself in the most subtle and natural way. But as much as the distorted and aestheticized razormesh lines attract, they also stick to the viewer, infinitely questioning space, borders and our continuing tangible and intangible, moral or emotional imprisonment.
This same razormesh, that forms a strong and personal element of Geers’ artistic practice throughout the years recurs in the Age of Iron series. These large rust on paper works, playing with symmetry and an intriguing texture, display again this typical South African product of violence and confinement, but emanate at the same time an infinite sense of beauty and quiet and form thus, in all their aesthetic glory, a perfect gateway to understanding Kendell Geers’ work.
As usual, Kendell Geers leaves for his audience subtle references and wordplays that incorporate but exceed the borders of his own personal journey. He shares through his works more than a narration of his life, but a questioning of everybody else's.
Please see press release for a text by the artist.